Last night I could not sleep, so I got to watch Particle Fever that documents building the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the search for the Higgs boson. An impressive depiction on a 20 year old project to test theories about the origin of the Universe. And it also portrays the agony of scientists that have served them theories, since this experiment alone could invalidate their 30 of 40 years of research. I mean how would you feel if you had to work for 40 years on a subject and all this was just an illusion?
To all my engineering friends: You need to see this. It may be a toy for experimental and theoretical physicists, but it is an engineering marvel.
PS: On a more “down to earth” note, two of the physicists that Particle Fever follows are refugees, a Greek and an Iranian.