My geekyness is aflutter. Not only is the Large Hadron Collider scheduled to start on Sunday but CERN is going to webcast the launch live. (linkage: http://webcast.cern.ch/live.py)

I have to imagine the few dozen people that are convinced this thing is going to undo the universe must be gritting their teeth, hands white knuckle on their tin-foil hats. There won't be any super-massive black holes or a rapid expansion of strangelets gobbling up existence, sorry doom-callers.

For the curious, CERN has a great site dedicated to the LHC. They've done a great job explaining what it is and how it works without inundating the reader without the massive complexities of the system.

I'm reminded of a snippet from Douglas Adams:

" There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."


Higgs boson, anyone?

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Comment by Mark on August 8, 2008 at 7:03pm
Don't you know? Tin foil hats amplify government frequencies.

Looking forward to some hefty particle smashing!
Comment by tiberius on August 8, 2008 at 3:09pm
Those Godless Europeans are going to destroy the Universe on a Sunday??

This weekend, the first synchronisation test between the LHC and another machine, the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator, will take place. The actual first "Big run" will take place on 9/10
Comment by Noel Henderson on August 8, 2008 at 2:56pm
what a great time to be alive!
Comment by CriticalMessiah on August 8, 2008 at 10:16am
Allright! Front row seats to the end of the universe!

Seriously though, very exciting stuff. Can't wait for the data to start pouring out.

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