‘“Come on Science boy, tell us about the Hadron Collider.”
“You know, CERN, the Big Bang experiment, they found the God Particle!” Adikavi was exasperated by Ed’s lack of interest in the magazine that occupied his working hours.’
The Hadron Collider is the large experimental structure created underground, running from Switzerland to Italy. It is CERN’s (the European Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN is the acronym from the French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) latest attempt to recreate and understand the conditions of the early universe. This is achieved by firing particles from opposite ends of a gigantic horseshoe-shaped particle accelerator and studying the effects of the explosion when the particles crash into each other at immense speeds. The most successful and momentous search was achieved recently when evidence of the Higg’s Boson (the so-called ‘God particle’) was detected by two independent teams, the first physical evidence since Professor Peter Higgs predicted its theoretical existence in 1963.
In the context of Echoes in Time, the introduction of Hadron Collidor, and the subsequent naming of the band in its honour, should make the reader think about what this it is and wonder why it appears here. It prefigures the later discussions about creation, photon escapes and the gravity well of the black holes. The search for events at the beginnings of the universe is a scientific preoccupation, and a major one for Echoes in Time.