Modern science just doesn’t have enough monolithic machinery with elegant curves.
This may look like an old science fiction movie set, but this machine actually played a key role in multiple Nobel Prizes. Starting in 1960, Brookhaven Lab’s Cockroft-Walton Accelerator—essentially a multi-level voltage multiplier—provided the initial boost to protons before they raced on into the rings of our Alternating Gradient Synchrotron.
I completely agree that modern science needs to engage a little more proto-Dalek in the design of their machines. I mean, why not put a supercomputer in an attractive shell like this?
That picture doesn’t do the Cockroft-Walton Accelerator justice in terms of just how BIG it is. Another picture I found: