Itâ€™s not easy to have a rational discussion of new technologies these days. Half the time the conversation may be boiled down into the question, â€œWhere can I get it and how much will it cost?â€ Inevitably debate arises over whose thing is bigger. Or smaller. Or faster, more convenient to use, or just cooler.
Here is a gadget that is bigger, faster, more complicated, and infinitely cooler than nearly anything. You canâ€™t buy it unless you have eight billion dollars and your basement can accommodate a 27-kilometer circular tunnel. It is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the humongous atom-smasher at the Cern laboratory in Geneva. The LHC was built to try and answer the question: What is the universe made of, and how did it begin?
The Biggest Gadget Ever, in Emotional Weather Report, today in the Star.