Unlocking the secrets of the universe

Built some 100m underground at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) near Geneva, the Large Hadron Collider is the world's biggest scientific experiment.

The collider - which consists of a massive 27km ring tunnel fitted with superconducting magnets - took decades of planning and construction, involving more than 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries.

From today till Feb 14, the public can find out more about the gigantic machine - built to help scientists learn more about the basic building blocks that make up our universe - at an exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. The exhibition, Collider, was developed by the Science Museum in London.

Visitors will be able to walk through re- created underground tunnels at the large-scale facility,  take a closer look at artefacts donated by scientists at Cern and understand their work via video projections and audio interviews.

Calvin Yang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2015, with the headline 'Unlocking the secrets of the universe'. Print Edition | Subscribe