Tested Visits The Large Hadron Collider and ATLAS Experiment

Norm travels to Switzerland to meet with physicists at CERN’s ATLAS Experiment, the incredible particle detector that contributed to the discovery of the Higgs boson. 100 meters below ground and in front of a 7,000 ton machine, we try to understand the Higgs boson with the help of Star Wars LEGO…

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  1. Great video! I like your analogy though, Norm. But I guess that’s only because I can’t fully grasp the idea of the higgs boson 🙂

  2. Really enjoyed the first half of the video. Felt like a little too much time was spent pondering Norm’s theory, though. Sometimes explaining why an analogy doesn’t work can provide more insight but I didn’t get that here. Instead I just got uncomfortable for everyone involved.

  3. I admire Norm for putting himself out there like that. If it’s any consolation, I think their cherry splash analogy is pretty lame. What does a cherry topping have to do with the process of drinking a milkshake? It is a thematic fit, but it is its own separate metaphor.

    I think a better milkshake analogy would be to slap someone who is drinking a shake on the back as hard as you can and watch him spit out globs of milky spew. Then you can point to the mess as indirect proof that the guy you slapped was drinking a shake. Of course, that’s less “friendly” than the cherry splash. But at least it’s all a single metaphor, rather than two separate metaphors that are linked by an arbitrary (and overly cutesy) theme.

    Unless there’s something about the cherry analogy that I’m missing. Maybe they didn’t represent it very well in this video.

  4. I could watch those guys uncomfortably try to explain why Norm’s analogy doesn’t work in the nicest way possible alllllll day.

    Great video, those guys are really incredible.

  5. I love how the analogy just baffled them, and the look of “oh God…” when Norm pulled out the Legos.

  6. Wow, guys! Good get on this tour and series of interviews!

    With the Higgs-Boson and particle theory just in general, I often find the attempts to make simplified analogies to be way more confusing than just the straightforward simplified explanation without any example analogy included. It is easier for me to grasp if you just say something like, we believe there is this particular sort of field which plays central and critical role to particle physics. In order to prove this field exists, we need a way to make it observable. In order to do that experiment, we need the CERN accelerator… and etc. Start talking about milkshakes and martinis and I get confused instantly. :p

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