All photos by Maximilien Brice/© 2012 CERN, from an amazing gallery at the Atlantic.
From the NYT piece by Lawrence M. Krauss.
“The physicist Victor F. Weisskopf — the colorful director in the early 1960s of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which operates the collider — once described large particle accelerators as the gothic cathedrals of our time. Like those beautiful remnants of antiquity, accelerators require the cutting edge of technology, they take decades or more to build, and they require the concerted efforts of thousands of craftsmen and women. At CERN, each of the mammoth detectors used to study collisions requires the work of thousands of physicists, from scores of countries, speaking several dozen languages.”
Read the rest of the article here.
I suppose, technically, the fight is over (one way or another) once the dog takes a look at the cat…
Also available as a t-shirt – link.
This is a nice artistic treatment of the Bohr Model of atoms, which if you don’t quite remember, goes like this (from wiki):
“In atomic physics, the Bohr model, introduced by Niels Bohr in 1913, depicts the atom as a small, positively charged nucleus surrounded by electrons that travel in circular orbits around the nucleus—similar in structure to the solar system, but with electrostatic forces providing attraction, rather than gravity. This was an improvement on the earlier cubic model (1902), the plum-pudding model (1904), the Saturnian model (1904), and the Rutherford model (1911). Since the Bohr model is a quantum-physics–based modification of the Rutherford model, many sources combine the two, referring to the Rutherford–Bohr model.”
By Brendan Monroe.
… You’d get this:
By Sergio Cittolin (CERN research physicist), via Kottke.
Definitely worth geeking out to for 7 minutes.
Via PhD Comics.
(Can’t find the original source for this)
How I want a drink, alcoholic, of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics!
If you count the letters in each word, you get: 3.14159265358979
This lovely bit of wordplay is attributed to Sir James Jeans (Gardner 1966, p. 92; Castellanos 1988, p. 152; Eves 1990, p. 122; Davis 1993, p. 9; Blatner 1997, p. 112).