So, CERN Has a Particle Accelerator?

A little while back, JoAnne at Cosmic Variance reported on the status of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the giant next-generation accelerator that is the cover story for the current print issue of Seed. Particle experimentalist Gordon Watts reports in with some more technical details about the delay in the proposed turn-on schedule. He’s also got a link to a PDF of a talk by someone associated with LHC, for those who really want to geek out.

The bottom line appears to be that this is just normal, prudent caution, and not really unexpected. Though the delay is a little disappointing to those hoping that the LHC will provide evidence for or against various untested theories.

(The post title is a Dan Brown reference, from Angels and Demons.)