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Scientific Poem: Ode To The Hadron Collider

Updated on May 31, 2016
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Jo has been an ITU nurse at the London North West NHS Trust for 14 years. She obtained her RN at University College London Hospital.

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Stephen Hawking, Be Curious

"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."

(Stephen Hawking)

Artist's Conception of Black Hole Surrounded by Disk of Hot Gas

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“The Europeans and the Americans are not throwing $10 billion down this gigantic tube for nothing. We're exploring the very forefront of physics and cosmology with the Large Hadron Collider because we want to have a window on creation, we want to recreate a tiny piece of Genesis to unlock some of the greatest secrets of the universe.”

(Michio Kaku)

Michio Kaku

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Scientific Poem: Ode To Hadron

J. Alexis-Hagues © 17th October 2014

Hadron particle collider

Pray, tell, what lies over yonder

Wrested from a warehouse of souls

Into supermassive black holes



On the event horizon

All Particles are syphon

Engulfed by the gravity

Of aphotic cavity

Born of explosion

Or dark expansion ~


But the maths don't rhyme

In fabric of time


And It doesn't matter

If relativity shatter

In the core of a hole

Where the theory goes cold


Infinitesimal singularity

The road to divinity

On a tensile infinity

Lies a simple trinity


God, the universe and me!


“ Scientific vocabulary can be so weird. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has just recorded an example of a subatomic particle called anti-beauty quark. Could it be that ugly people now have something tangible to blame?”

(Michael Quinion)

A Short Acrostic Poem:The Universe: We're Only Here For The Ride

Ubiquitous wonder, from sapphire seas to cerulean sky

Never ending nor beginning

Imperceptible ride on the merry-go-round, this

Votive altar dedicated to life and regeneration

Expanding accelerating

Racing on, destination unknown

Serene but tempestuous, revealing it's secrets fractionally

Ever evolving awe-inspiring this place we call our home

J. Alexis-Hagues © October 2014

The Theory of Relativity Explains Much, But It Becomes unstuck at the end of a Black Hole

Do you Believe That The Answer To The Question Of Why And How The Universe Began Will Ever Be Answered?

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© 2014 Jo Alexis-Hagues

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Smilealot, lovely to see you, many thanks for reading my poem and for this encouraging comment.

      My very best to you.

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      This hub really has it all, it educates and your poem is awesome....a great write:-))

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Nell, I like how Kaku explains physics, he does it in such a way that even the most complex concepts can be understood by even those of us who doesn't possess a science degree. I knew that the higgs boson was also known as the God particle, but not about the wonderful story behind the name. Priceless!

      A real pleasure to see you, I appreciate you taking the time to read this. Have a lovely day and my best to you.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi, how did I miss this? I love watching all of Michio Kaku's programmes, I am a total quantum physics nut to be honest, so this was fascinating, and I loved the anti-beauty quark comment! lol!

      Your poems were awesome too! I went mad when they found the higgs boson, lol! did you know that they call it the God particle purely because one of the guys looking for it sat down, banged his cup of coffee on the desk and said, 'Oh for goodness sake, where is this God damned particle? LOL! true story! great hub Jo!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Chris, so lovely to see you! We are living in exciting times indeed. We've come a long way, the universe have given up some of it's secrets, just enough to wet the curiosity and keep us searching. When the scientists think they have the answer, they're presented with more questions. Fascinating! Isn't it? :) Take care now, my very best to you.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      A scientific poem. I love this, Jo. We are living in exciting times. We have a rover on Mars, a portable lab on an asteroid. Giant telescopes, the Hadron collidor and so much more. Great job highlighting the beauty and anticipation of science and the universe.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Flourish, oh... how I wish I'd paid more attention to the teachers in my science classes.

      I find it all even more captivating as I get older. Mathematics does indeed seem to be the path to enlightenment, one day it will be made clear.

      The Hadron Collider is inspirational, but whatever is able to provide answers to those big questions deserves a poem. :)

      Take care, always a pleasure.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      goatfury, the LHC is certainly large! Some of the best inventions began with an error of some sort. I find what science I'm able to follow absolutely fascinating. The Higgs boson is said to be responsible for all the mass in the universe, just imagine if we could learn all its secrets. Well..maybe one day.:)

      Thank you for stopping by, and for the thought-provoking comment. My best to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I like that you were inspired to write a poem as a result of science and technology. I enjoyed the poems, as well as the additional resources you provided. I often think math -- which is really all about patterns -- underlies everything in the universe, but we just don't have the complexity to understand it.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      My favorite anecdote about the LHC comes from Richard Dawkins, who swears in a lecture that there was a typo in the first pressing of one of his books, referring to it as the "Large Hardon Collider." Dawkins swears he begged them to leave it in there.

      I love thinking about what the Higgs discovery/proof means at its core, trying to really understand it with my primitive human brain and doing my best. It is awe inspiring, to say the least.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Suzette, thanks for reading this, so glad you enjoyed it.

      I guess science is by definition diverse, not an obvious subject to write poetry about.

      The Hadron Collider is just so awesome, I had to have a go.

      Lovely to see you, hope you're having a great weekend.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Jo, Awesome poetry that I do enjoyed reading. What an eclectic topic and quite thought provoking. Very scientific!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, a pleasure to see you, you're as generous as ever. Thank you my friend, you are very much appreciated.

      I'm having a quiet weekend, my other half haven't been well, so we're just chilling out. Glad you liked the poem.

      Take care, have a fun weekend, my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Audrey, I appreciate you stopping by, glad you enjoy the poem.

      Best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Kim, thank you for the dazzling comment, from you this is praise indeed. I do appreciate the encouragement. Have a great weekend and my best always.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Superb poetry, Jo! Wow, such creativity flows naturally from your brain to your writing it down and then some. Love how your brain thinks. I am not sure this has been done before, so bravo to you!!!

      Really enjoyed reading this interesting hub and poetry here. Brilliant!

      Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing, of course

      Hope you are enjoying a fabulous weekend so far.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Very cool poem Jo! Loved iit!

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo,

      You are such a talented writer. To write informative hubs and then turn around and produce such awesome poetry speaks to your many gifts.

      VOTED Super Star Work and Universally Shared!

      Smiles,

      Kim

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi John, It's funny what one can find on the road less traveled. :) I love scientific programs, and after watching a documentary on the Hedron Collider and the video above "The ultimate guide to black holes" I thought that the least I could do is to write an ode to that awesome piece of kit.

      Thank you Mr Spock or should that be Captain Kirk. Now I must boldly go take the dog walkies. :) Thank you for taking a look, it means a lot. Enjoy the weekend, my best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thanks Devika, much appreciated.

      Have a great weekend, my best to you.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is amazing Jo, I bet no-one else has ever thought of writing an ode to the Hadron Collider before. I think scientists have to validate what they do by continuing to try to find answers for things no matter the cost and even if there may be no clear outcome. I love it when writers push the boundaries and go where none have gone before. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tobusiness you have thought of such a great hub. Always an interesting and helpful hub from you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thanks Frank, Have a lovely weekend!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      both.. educational and entertaining tobusiness a great job with this hub :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Alicia, exactly the feelings I wanted to portray. Appreciated the visit and comment.

      My best to you.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The true nature of the universe is a fascinating and awesome topic. Your poems and hub depict the fascination and wonder very well! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Ruby, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem, Thank you for the visit, encouraging comment and share. Some say God, others the Universe, I believe they're one and the same. I agree, it will all be made clear. However it began, the universe is an incredible place. Have a lovely weekend, my best always.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a side of your writing skill I've not seen and it's beautiful! I wonder often what and when and how. I always come back to God. Someday we will see it all clearly. Fascinating topic. Sharing on Twitter.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, I guess there is always the possibility that it could all go horrible wrong, but that have never stopped us before. :)

      I think we were made curious for a reason. Maybe we'll never have all the answers but as they say, it's all about the journey and not necessatily the destination. Lovely to see you, I can't believe the week have gone by so soon. Have a wonderful weekend and my best always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is quite amazing, isn't it? And honestly, I find it a bit scary as well. I wonder if the search for knowledge can ever go too far? I hope not. Anyway, great information and wonderful poem my friend. Happy Weekend to you!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Ann, I think the scientists do it for the same reason people climb mountains. I guess this is the last great conundrum, and there's always the spin-off benefits along the way. I find it all fascinating. The strange thing is that when they think they have all the pieces, nature throws what our American friends would call, 'a curveball' and it's back to the drawing board. I'm glad you liked the hub, thanks for reading and for the wonderful comment. My best as always.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great poems, Jo! You've made us think too. I do sometimes wonder why we have to spend all this money - is it for the search of knowledge or is it for the scientists to show how clever they are?! I'm not sure. All I know is that the universe is an amazing thing, so much wonder and beauty.

      Love the 'anti-beauty' quote! Great hub, full of interesting facts and thoughts. Well done! Ann

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