Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The birth of the Web, particle physics, rapping about the LHC

Happy Canada Day everyone!

Today's post focuses on the very early days of the Web, and on the CERN particle physics lab in Switzerland

This is the very first picture ever "clicked"on in a web browser. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, requested his friend Silvano de Gennaro FTP him photos of Les Horrible Cernettes,, who were fellow employees at CERN,, the Swiss particle physics research center. Here's the picture, from 1992.

Les Horrible Cernettes are still performing. They are OK musically, and maybe the only group to use particle physics imagery in their love songs. There will be more posts later about scientific imagery in music.

The first website,, is still active, though now it's just a brief introduction to the origins of the Web

There was quite a controversey re the Large Hadron Collider, CERN's new, intensely powerful particle accelerator. The fear, which was unfounded, was the the LHC could be a doomsday machine that would produce an expanding black hole that would destroy the Earth. The LHC launch date has been postponed a couple times due to technical problems

Alpinekat, joined by the CERN dancers, raps about the LHC.

There will be another post later today, or sometime tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. It'd be interesting to know how many times the picture has been viewed since then