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Have you ever wondered what happened in the very first nanosecond of time? What was it like the instant the universe began, when "nothing" suddenly became the basis for "everything"? Impossible to know...until now. For 40 years, physicists dreamed of a particle accelerator capable of colliding subatomic particles with force sufficient to reproduce the conditions of the original Big Bang. They believed that data gathered from these cataclysms could provide answers to physics' greatest mysteries. In THE NEXT BIG BANG, go back to 2007, when the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) was preparing to launch the biggest, most powerful particle accelerator ever conceived. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland, is a tunnel 16.5 miles long and a football field below the earth. Filled with the most amazing technology in existence, the LHC is designed to boost protons to nearly the speed of light and crash them into one another, producing effects that can only be theorized and haven't existed since the first moments of the universe's creation. From its controversial $8 billion price tag to the potential it has to provide answers to science's biggest questions, HISTORY™ takes you behind the scenes with unprecedented access to the planning, construction, and testing of the LHC.

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