This week we finally started the residency at CERN. We had a very interesting opening introduction by Julian Calo, the coordinator of Arts@CERN. And then we had a wonderful chat with scientist Michael Doser, as well as seeing Samuel C. C. Ting having a meeting next table. 😉 A visit to the amazing magnet factor in CERN, and wrap up the day by exploring the library.
這週總算開始CERN的駐村計畫。一開始先由Arts@CERN計畫協調人Julian Carlo擔任保母，介紹CERN的特色，然後與研究反物質的科學家Michael Doser吃午餐。在吃午餐的時候還遇到了在隔壁桌開會的課本級人物丁肇中，最後在圖書館亂槍打鳥式的尋找視覺元素。
The ideas hits me today was that someone (can’t remember it was Julian or Michael Doser ) mentioned that CERN is trying to detect the unknown. Which on the other hand there is an important notion that in the structure of science, you can only test of the things we already know how to detect. Michael Doser’s reply is that scientists will try their best to accommodates different speculation when they are designing the experiment and the equipment. There will be a lot of discussions between the scientists and engineers to decide which ones to test and build, that as a result would allow a certain degree of freedom. Another note is that to prove something is true, the scientists will also have to test the experiments (to look at the theory) from all possible different angles until they have a definite answer that the thing is true. The analogy used is ‘using a torch to observe an issue from all possible angles to see the whole.’ This also reminds me of the often mentioned future/possible future cone in the field of foresight. (See Nesta) Where fiction and speculation of possible future scenarios are a way for foreseeing the upcoming. Just sort of a mind teaser. It is also very interesting that more than one scientists said that they are aim for disproving themselves. If they can prove themselves that their speculation is wrong, then it is awesome. Also that scientists never ‘trust’ on others, but rely on the team to do the experiments. And that instead of trusting, they are all actively checking if others’ works are creditable. Which this ‘style’ builds up a working science society. (This is my re-interpretation, but really how awesome is that, completely the opposite of Art when it comes to teamwork :p).
Of course the lucky us also get a visit to ATLAS core, because at the moment they are upgrading the LHC for higher energy tests.
And the perfectionist’s magnet factory, where they make the magnets that would be able to handle 12 Tesla of magnetic field, and which where they use the huge robot to bend the super conductor material, bake them, epoxy coat them, and handcuff them to the precision to microns.