Thought for the month
“It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” Edmund Burke, politician (1729 – 97).
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?