This is very good.
Several months ago — when I had more time (before baby #2 arrived 😉 — I watched Particle Fever on Netflix. Whoa! An amazing documentary about the international effort, spanning decades, between scientists from different fields to build a massive particle accelerator called the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC for short. The original goal was to crash two particles together, traveling close to the speed of light (186, 282 miles per second), with the hopes of discovering the Higgs boson—the central missing link in the Standard Model of particle physics (which “explains how the basic building blocks of matter interact, governed by four fundamental forces”).
The particles are so tiny that the task of making them collide is akin to firing two needles 10 kilometres apart with such precision that they meet halfway.
Let me explain how all this relates to the BIG question of this blog post:
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