2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, the most complex experimental facility ever built and the largest single machine in the world.
It was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) between 1998 to 2008 in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and hundreds of universities and laboratories, as well as more than 100 countries It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference and as deep as 175 metres (574 ft) beneath the France–Switzerland border near Geneva.
Why is this important to me?
Steve Goldfarb who works with ATLAS at CERN had a very practical reason for why the LHC is important.
“Over time, we have found that, every time we learn something new about nature, the information is used by our children or their children to help them survive,”
Everything we have today that allows humans flourish, including farming, electricity, worldwide communication, all started with basic research.
“We do not know exactly what our discoveries and measurements will lead to,” Goldfarb wrote. “It is too soon to say. But, we do know they will contribute significantly to our understanding of our world. And, as human being, we have no choice but to pursue them. It is a question of survival.”