Paul Halpern‘s talk on The Large Hadron Collider at Philcon on 11/21/2009 came off well. I’ve since had a chance to read his Collider: The Search for the World’s Smallest Particles since. The talk was basically the book light or, if you prefer, the book is the talk heavy. Good jobs either way.
Paul had a lot of fun with the idea that someone (from the future) is maliciously trying to keep us pitiful humans from building a high energy collider; first the money difficulties the Superconducting Super-Collider had in Texas and then the explosion at the Large Hadron Collider. But now that the LHC is in fact colliding (if not yet at full strength), perhaps the little blue men have given all this up as a bad job.
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