At CERN, In Search Of Nature’s Building Blocks
High-energy particle physics sounds like a very esoteric subject. And, to most people, it is. But once you step into CERN, it’s a way of life. Everything here revolves around solving one of nature’s most stubborn mysteries, the fundamental material composition of the universe. The essential idea, reminiscent of ancient Greece, is that matter is made of basic building blocks, chunks of stuff that cannot be broken down into smaller constituents. Particle physicists do many things, but the grand task is to find these constituents and figure out how they interact with one another.