Where the streets have well-known names

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Route Bohr Sign

The sign for Route N. Bohr is one of many at CERN named after scientists who made major contributions to physics.

Hidden beneath a region of fondue, mountains and chocolate is one of our most complex tools.  A short tram ride northwest of Geneva takes you to CERN, the home of the world’s most powerful particle accelerator.  The Large Hadron Collider smashes particles together at unprecedented energies, which scientists study to answer questions about how the universe works.  For a month I wandered down CERN’s streets named after legendary physicists of the past, such as Niels Bohr, Ernest Rutherford and Albert Einstein.  I was in awe in the presence of the massive detectors that trace the smallest of particles.  But what I enjoyed the most during my stay was the chance to listen to some of today’s brightest minds talk about why they do what they do. Continue reading