Visions 6: The large hadron collider
Physicists are building a powerful particle-smashing machine to seek out the ultimate secrets of the Universe
The discovery of the atomic structure of matter in terms of particles – negatively-charged electrons orbiting a nucleus of positive protons and neutral neutrons – has underpinned much of human progress over the past 100 years.
Electronics, new materials and modern medicine, for example, are ultimately all the result of pushing back the frontiers in our understanding of the fundamental particles that make up matter and the forces by which they interact.
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