Tuesday, August 12, 2008

CERN's LHC ala Rap

This has to be the coolest video ever. Learn about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) via rap. This is fantastic.

CERN Rap from Will Barras on Vimeo.

FYI, the LHC finally has an official launch date: September 10, 2008. I am seriously excited to learn what happens when this incredible machine gets going.

When the Manhattan Project exploded its first nuclear bomb, no one knew for sure what would happen. There was some speculation that the explosion might ignite the atmosphere and kill the planet. But they did it anyway!

Similarly, some fear that firing up the LHC may create a black hole that devours the planet, or a worm hole through which time travelers could enter. I think the fears are unfounded, given the number of scientists involved in the project. But in a day and age when there is no new land to discover, there are still many new frontiers. The scientists of today are our pioneers, leading us forward, peering into new worlds, both figuratively and literally. And like the pioneers of old, they may take wrong turns on the journey. There is so much riding on this, again, figuratively and literally.

I'll keep you posted, as this is a topic of great interest to me, and would be, I think, to many, if they understood what's at stake. Hopefully the video helps bring some of that to light in an understandable way.


Blogger JTankers said...

Beams may begin September 10th, but collissions will not begin before October 21 at slowly increasing energies.

If micro black holes are created, Dr. Rossler's calculations estimate 50 months to 50 years to grow large enough to destroy Earth.

Abstract below from Dr. Rossler's plea to the world, copy available on LHCFacts.org.

"A nightmarish situation, that can still be hoped to be averted in time through communication within the scientific community, is drawn attention to. Only a few weeks remain to find out whether the danger is real or nothing but a mirage. After this time window is closed, it will take years until we know whether or not we are doomed. The story line has all the features of a best-selling novel. The reader is asked to contribute constructively."

Quote from Dr. Otto E. Rossler, Professor Theoretical Biochemist, visiting Professor of Theoretical Physics, inventor of the Rossler Attractor, founder of Endophysics, winner of the 2003 Chaos Award of the University of Liege and the 2003 Rene Descartes Award.

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Blogger Real History Lisa said...

I can't help but note that the date that would be 50 months from October 21, 2008, is December 21, 2012, the date the Mayan Calendar ends December 21, 2012.

I'll add there are always renegades in every profession - having scientist affixed to ones name doesn't make one correct on all matters of science. Still, if a number of scientists were to back him and his fears, then there would be cause for concern, indeed.

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