Thought for the month
“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Building blocks of matter
It is good to know that the best brains of Europe are on the case at CERN. Fundamental physics and high speed neutrinos are one thing but a scale model of the LHC ATLAS detector made out of LEGO has to take precedent. The real ATLAS project is 44 metres long and 22 metres wide and weighs 7,000 tonnes. Mehlhase’s model at approximately 1:50 scale is approximately 1 metre long by a half metre wide. The real ATLAS has millions of parts, the model has 9,500 pieces, mostly LEGO blocks. I know that it is not easy looking for elusive particles such as the Higgs Boson but is the ATLAS experiment that boring?