Rolf Dieter Heuer had never accepted that fear existed, until he stepped from the lift into the test chamber. The director of the Cern institute had always thought ‘fear’ was an emotion of excess, something that could be controlled with logical thinking, but as he felt his bowels loosen, he realised he was scared. More scared than he had ever been, in his soon to end life. The scene that greeted him was mesmerising. In the centre of the great hall, where the Large Hadron Collider used to be was a growing hole, through which only blackness could be seen.