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From the Prospect archive: inside the Large Hadron Collider

By Brian Semple  

The Large Hadron Collider is due to be relaunched this weekend

The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, was launched in September 2008 to much fanfare.  It was expected that the collider would address the fundamental quesions of physics, removing obstacles to our understanding of the most profound laws of nature. Of course, the reality proved a little more mundane–an electrical fault caused one tonne of helium to leak into the tunnels…

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