Problems such as how to cool a 27 km-circumference, 37,000 tonne ring of superconducting magnets to a temperature of 1.9 K using truck-loads of liquid helium are not the kind of things that theoretical physicists normally get excited about.
Strings 07 kicked off their main conference this year with an update on the latest progress being made at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, which is due to switch on next May.
The possibility, that evidence for string theory might turn up in the LHC's 14 TeV proton–proton collisions was prominent among discussions at the five-day conference, held in Madrid in late June.
Talks were peppered with the language of real-world data, particles and fields - particularly in relation to cosmology. Admittedly these more tangible concepts were buried within the esoteric grammar of higher-dimensional mathematics, where things like "GUT-branes", "tadpoles" and "warped throats" lurk. However, Strings07 was clearly a physics event, and not one devoted to mathematics, philosophy or perhaps even theology.
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