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Seth Zenz | Imperial College London | UK

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Which is the Real CERN?

Is this CERN...?

Is this CERN…?

Or is this CERN...?

Or is this CERN…?

A few weeks ago, at the very real peril of spending our weekend on something that was a little like work for both of us, I went with my wife to the Collider exhibit at the Science Museum in London.

Collider a detailed, immersive exhibit about the Large Hadron Collider and the people who work on it. It’s amazing to hear video interviews from real physicists and see real places at CERN reproduced. A lot of the information is on realistic-looking whiteboards, and there’s real stuff lying everywhere just like in real offices. (The real stuff is glued and stapled down; my wife, a museum curator interested in the implementation of the exhibit, checked that detail personally.) One thing that bothered me that might not bother you: the videotaped physicists are clearly actors, with stories told just a bit too dramatically. One thing that might bother you but didn’t bother me, because I can skip reading signage and just explain to my wife what I think it should say: not all of the amazing things you could see are explained very well.

But the fun part really is the feeling of actually being in the midst of where the science is done. For example, at right, you can see a picture of me in one of the CERN hallways recreated for the exhibit, and you can see a picture of me in front of the real version of the same office. But which is which?

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6 Responses to “Which is the Real CERN?”

  1. Hope says:

    The picture on the bottom is the real CERN.
    No eye glasses.

  2. Marica says:

    I’d say the top ome in cern. Not enough wall posters on the bottom one!

  3. Toyoko says:

    This is really amazing/eerie! Please tell me that one of these is a wax figure of you.

  4. Gavin Flower says:

    The top one is the real CERN – messier & the office behind the door looks like it has real windows and lights.

    However, they’ve interchanged the wax dummies? :-)

  5. Tom says:

    Surely the bottom one is real – whilst the top photo *appears* to have a real light behind the door, the perspective seems incongruent with the foreground!

  6. Josh T says:

    Ha! Very hard to tell. I agree that the top one has a slightly weird perspective effect. Also…a quick Google search shows that the CERN CineClub showed ‘2001’ in ~June of 2013. So it seems likely that the top one is the museum exhibit.

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