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A poet at Cern

As poet-in-residence at Cardiff astronomy department, I want to understand the sub-atomic science and the people behind the world's largest particle collider

By Gwyneth Lewis   October 2007

I am probably the only person to look round a particle accelerator in two-inch peep-toe sandals.

It was my first visit to Cern (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research), and I had come to Geneva to see the world’s largest particle collider as it prepares to go live. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a circular tunnel built 100 metres under the suburbs of Geneva, overlooked by the Jura mountains, a limestone wave about to break on the valley below. Soon, this 27km-long tunnel will be used to fire two beams of protons at each other, reaching 99.999999 per cent…

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