In the world of scientific discovery, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) of CERN is, without doubt, the greatest experiment in the world. It seeks to explore fundamental questions about the universe, and to do so requires 10,000 physicists and engineers working on the 27km long particle accelerator 24 hours a day, analysing data that's generated at 700mb per second.
A marvel of this magnitude might be hard to comprehend in its entirety, but the team behind the new Collider expedition, which opens tomorrow at the ArtScience Museum, hopes to emotionally engage you about the work and the importance of the LHC, so much so that you might find yourself pursuing a newly kindled interest after the exhibition.
"We are not trying to teach quantum field theory. The purpose of the Collider exhibition is to excite people about the subject." said Dr. Harry Cliff, Co-curator of Collider and a particle physicist who works on the LHC.
The exhibition aims to engage different audiences regardless of background knowledge by recreating the experience of being in the heart of the LHC. Through encounters with real objects with mind-boggling properties to interactions with real physicists and engineers at the CERN office through video projection and audio interviews, you can expect to be 'immersed' as you 'travel' through the recreated site of CERN. And through a visual theatrical experience, you can also re-live the exciting moment when the Higgs boson was discovered at the LHC, arguably one of the most important discoveries of our time.
Complimenting these experiences will be an interactive art installation called 'Gift of Mass' which allows you to personally experiment with how mass is acquired. And for a limited time until 24 Janurary 2016, there will also be a hands-on and interactive area known as 'The Collision Space' that is designed with children in mind. It is also themed with the ongoing free exhibition, 'The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World'.
The Collider exhibition ends on 14 February 2016.
For more information such as pricing details and specific workshops, visit the OKJ Discoveries Calendar Section at http://www.okjdiscoveries.com/calendar/events/2015/11/collider-the-worlds-greatest-experiment
OKJ Tip: Be sure to head down during the opening week as there will be opportunities to take a behind-the-scene look at the exhibition with Dr Harry Cliff. More details in the link above.