In the early 1990s, I worked at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory outside of Dallas. The theoretical particle physicists there were pretty sure they were going to change the world as we know it with their new ponderings and explorations into physics.
There really are only a hand full of theorists at this level in the world — and they’re spread out across the continents. So they took their computers and connected them via existing technology (telephone lines) — so they could stay informed about each others work, questions, ideas, and the projects they worked on.
Don’t forget that when you flinch at new capabilities and changes to the gooey interface (Facebook, Twitter, IM, mail, etc.) This is all uncharted territory — and experimentation is part of the package.
- Lego model of the Atlas detector at the Large Hadron Collider | Jon Butterworth | Life&Physics (guardian.co.uk)
- CERN lets us play with the Large Hadron Collider in the cloud (engadget.com)
- The Lego ATLAS Will Detect All Your Lego Particles (wired.com)
- Higgs boson quest narrows: Does it exist? (msnbc.msn.com)