What on earth are they up to at CERN? New York Times gives an exclusive clue

Excuse my schooboy humor

Excuse my schooboy humor

Well even with the blatant attempts to awaken the beasts of the nether dimensions, I expect it would be a bit much to expect tentacle porn, but this is the next best thing.

The image was scanned from New York Times, March 29, 2008

I ripped it shamelessly from largehardoncollider.com and cropped it to a reasonable size.

Obviously I think CERN is up to a bit more than just a cheesy remake of The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife.  Goodness me, it’s a serious business, this Big Physics.  Chaps in hard hats and inscrutable bits of huge kit the size of cathedrals.  Well done those chaps, and good luck for the morrow.

Talking of this “size of a cathedral” trope that seems to be popular with journalists writing about the Large Hadron Collider, I wonder whether the CGPM will take steps to standardize this dimension.  I’d hate to see the CERN officials having to report failure because one team built according to the specifications of Chartres Cathedral and another team assumed Canterbury units.