The Large Hadron Collider

The latest iteration of the world’s biggest physics experiment, the Large Hadron Collider, will be switched on in May 2008 (though the BBC documentary below says November, the time line has been updated).

It’s big, REALLY big, and expensive—costing over 6 billion dollars and crossing between the borders of France and Switzerland at four points. The LHC is being funded and built in collaboration with over two thousand physicists from thirty-four countries, universities and laboratories.

As a side note, CERN has had some impressive byproducts, including the web itself.

The BBC created a great documentary about it called The Six Billion Dollar Experiment, the full running time is 49 minutes, but you can enjoy the BBC’s preview:

[The Six Billion Dollar Experiment – YouTube]


Interview Airing Today on BBC Coproduction The World

I had an interview last Friday with the BBC/PRI show The World. The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Today they will be airing my interview with Marco Werman. I understand that this show is played on 200 NPR stations including New York and Seattle, and has a weekly audience of about 2 million listeners.

You can listen to the program when it airs (1730 eastern—it will be the last piece in the program, called the Global Hit) at or if you missed it you can find it archived at