History was made today, but most people you pass on the street wouldn't even know it. It wasn't the most votes in a TV reality show, it wasn't somebody eating the most of anything. Plain and simple, it was physics. The Large Hadron Collider has collided its first beams this morning (ET) at record energy levels in a laboratory in its quest to learn about the origins of the universe and discover new particles that populate it. I cannot even pretend to fully comprehend the scope of these experiments, but I am not afraid to learn. A new era in our understanding has begun and the door is opened. What will you do? I myself will walk in and revel in the glory of science and see where it takes us.
Many people consider movie stars, TV stars or athletes to be true celebrities, but I consider engineers, physicists and other researchers to be celebrities. Why? These are the people who move us forward, who discover the major advances in medicine and engineering and who allow us to have the modern conveniences like Wi-Fi Internet and air travel. These are the people who, as I discussed a couple weeks back, simply said, "I don't know." But they looked for the answers and found them. The Large Hadron Collider could very well answer a really big, "I DON'T KNOW."