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cern is a world-famous, huge laboratory located in geneva, switzerland. more than 10000 guest scientists work on high-energy physics research, their main function is to provide the different particle accelerators. the most famous experiment plant is the lhc, the large hadron collider. unfortunately the testing plants are continuously running till middle of 2013, so that you may not go down to the experiments itself. after the shutdown in summer of 2013 a two-years maintenance period will follow and then visitors might be allowed to have a look at the large tunnel system (lhc is 27 kilometres long) with the detectors.

besides the accelerators cern is the birthplace of internet, cloud computing and different other very useful and meanwhile prevalent things, although all these things were basically used as necessary tools to manage the scientific problems. it is a honour for every scientist to work at one of the great many institutes on the french border. today we had a very detailed behind-the-scenes tour with our department, executed by a retired, former cern researcher from germany.

fundamental research of a topic is as complex and simultaneously as simple as trying to understand each issue in life. many things surface not until later and completely different than expectable and incarnate intangible phenomena. you have to be able to handle this.