Hip-hop guide to Big Bang machine wins fans

An amateur music video about the world's most powerful particle accelerator has been viewed more than 380,000 times on the internet in one month.

This content was published on August 23, 2008 - 16:54

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), housed in a circular tunnel under the Swiss-French border near Geneva, has been built to recreate conditions that followed the so-called Big Bang, which many scientists believe gave birth to the universe.

Kate McAlpine, an American intern at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) in Geneva where the LHC is being built, came up with the idea of doing a rap video to help people understand how it works.

"Writing a rap is easy. Hip-hop and physics are universes apart and I find it interesting to try to marry the two," she told the Tribune de Genève newspaper.

The first attempt to circulate a beam in the SFr6 billion ($5.95 billion) instrument will be made on September 10.

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