Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Zermatt, Chillon, CERN: Time travel in three days (Part 3)

Part 3: 

On Monday we journeyed back into the 21st century with a visit to CERN.    In particular we went to see the Universe of Particles exhibit and had our minds properly blown with dark matter, dark energy, neutrinos, string theory, the inner workings of the Large Hadron Collider and the like.  This was my second visit here, but I could go again.  This exhibit is full of exciting displays, technologies and artifacts of the past, such as the very first internet server ever, with a sign that reads:  "This machine is a server.  DO NOT POWER DOWN!"  Yes, the internet was invented at CERN.


Small Fish experimenting with the cool interface

The very first internet server

J in the talking chair listening to a lecture on dark matter

Movie about the beginnings of the Universe projected on the walls all around
With our minds stimulated, our bodies exhausted and our spirits high we returned to the school / work routine on Tuesday, looking forward to future adventures in this beautiful place we live in.

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