Science: United for Atoms

The world's most powerful atom smasher is in neither the U.S. nor in Russia; it is in Switzerland. In the rolling countryside three miles northwest of Geneva, the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) has built a great new proton synchrotron designed to produce 25 billion electron volts. Half buried in a hillside, it is a huge doughnut of magnet steel, 656 ft. in outside diameter. Last week British Physicist John B. Adams, chief of CERN's Proton Synchrotron Division, ordered slight corrections in the magnetic field, watched as the protons sped faster and faster around their circular track inside the...