‘World’s greatest science experiment’ comes to Sydney
‘The world’s greatest science experiment’ – the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – will be showcased in an exhibition at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum that will be an Australian first, giving visitors a unique behindthe-scenes look at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva that houses the LHC.
The Large Hadron Collider is the largest, most sophisticated and most powerful scientific device ever made. It is being used by thousands of scientists and engineers around the world to learn more about the tiny building blocks that make up our Universe and the laws that govern their behaviour.
Blending theatre, video and sound with real artefacts from CERN, the exhibition puts visitors at the heart of an experiment that recreates the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang occurred 13.8 million years ago. Follow the journey of particle beams as they are in injected into the accelerator c chain, ramped up to speed a and steered around the 27km LHC tunnel. Moving along the tunnel, a wrap-around projection engulfs audiences to simulate one of the LHC’s e enormous experimental caverns, as particles smash together around them.
The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) has ‘transported’ the LHC, previously at the Science Museum London, to Sydney to present ‘ Collider’, from 11 August to 30 October, as part of the 2016 Sydney Science Festival.