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Large Hadron Collider Experiments
A behind-the-scenes look at the Higgs boson search in 'Particle Fever'
A behind-the-scenes look at the Higgs boson search in 'Particle Fever'

It was the biggest experiment in the history of physics, a $10-billion project to find a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson. An army of scientists and engineers spent nearly 30 years designing and building the Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile underground track near Geneva where protons would accelerate to nearly the speed of light and collide in a shower of subatomic particles. If the Higgs turned out to be one of them, it would validate the so-called Standard Model of particle physics and help scientists understand why there was mass in the universe. In the months before the collider switched on in 2008, a pair of physicists set out to document the excitement, anxiety and...

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