Saturday, July 05, 2008
Better get your affairs in order!
Later this summer, in August -- if all goes as planned, the world's most powerful atom smasher ever built on Earth will be turned on. Buried 330 feet underground, the Large Hadron Collider, as it is known, straddles the border between Switzlerland and France. It has a circumference of 17 miles and once operational, scientists are hoping to learn more about the Universe in which we reside.
Insights into invisible matter and extra dimensions may be gained. But some are concerned that science is stepping beyond its knowledge base from the expected to potential unexpected results once the LHC is running full out. Fears such as creating a black hole that will gobble up the Earth and its neighbors have been expressed.
"If I thought that this was going to happen, I would be well away from here," David Francis, a physicist working on the project, said.
Dada finds this thought amusing. Since the actual discovery of the first black hole in 1971, scientists have theorized how black holes are created.
Wouldn't it be ironic if we learn sometime after August that black holes originate among cultures in the Universe intelligent enough and foolish enough to build their planet's most powerful atom smasher?
Dada can imagine observers in nearby galaxy I Zwicky 18 observing planet Earth some 59 million years from now as it suddenly "blinks out" realizing in its place there is now a new black hole.
Physicists on some planet in I Zwicky 18 might likely announce,"Oh, Earth must have gone 'super collider' on us!"