The infamous CERN Supercollider
Of all my destinations, this is the one that I personally had been looking forward to the most. Having been following the development of String Theory for a number of years, the CERN Supercollider has always held a sense of awe for me. It is the largest and most powerful particle collider, the largest, most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world. Starting in 1998, it took 10 years and collaboration between 10,000 scientists to complete. The main facility is built on the Switzerland-France border, near Geneva, Switzerland. The tunnel it is built in has a circumference of 17 miles, and cost a cross-over of 9 billion US dollars. Some of the results when observing the characteristics of the famous Higgs boson particle. When I enter, I'm immediately struck my its sheer size. I'm in a large tunnel, with what appears to be a large cylindrical, metal tube going in either direction as far as the eye can see. I'm also pleasantly surprised by the amount of colours that decorate the large machine. Reds and greens and oranges and blues all over the place. Being built on a neutral and scientific zone, I am encountering languages ranging from English to French to mandarin Chinese. Considering the amount of groundbreaking research being done there, I am also a little bit surprised by the how few people are here.