A trip to CERN, where smashing atoms and creating antimatter is all in a day’s work

To visit CERN is to go down a rabbit hole.This is not because, to reach the organisation’s atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in a ring-shaped tunnel 27km in circumference below the Swiss-French border, requires burrowing down at least 80 metres.Nor is it because visiting one of the most complex machines ever built, using technology that’s at the limits of invention, involves a short trip from Geneva by quaint, lo-tech tram.To accept CERN’s invitation to turn away from mundane everyday…


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