Sunday, August 17, 2008

LHC: panoramic pictures

Peter McCready has combined 102 high-resolution photographs of the LHC collider and its detectors into 12 amazing virtual-reality, full four-pi-steradian simulations that include some authentic sound. You can drag and move the picture and hear the natural sound, too! Flash is needed.
The complexity and the very size of this gadget - or 27 kilometers of heavy industry - may look crazy and it was rather expensive, too, especially if you realize that its only purpose is to subtly help a few hundred people similar to your humble correspondent to decide which string theory scenario is more likely. ;-)

On the other hand, the money needed to pay for the whole LHC collider is lost in the gray economy of carbon indulgences every week! People could indeed do amazing things if they wanted and if they didn't allow idiots to manipulate with others.

Via Symmetry magazine (*), Nude Socialist (*), and iSGTW (*).

Dozens of exciting articles about the Large Hadron Collider may be found e.g. in the LHC category.

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