‘World’s great­est sci­ence ex­per­i­ment’ comes to Syd­ney

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‘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.

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