I believe I have mentioned this in passing previously to Holly, but this is too crazy-awesome to not write about. Perhaps she will attempt to mock this post much like the last. Ahem.
As of next year, it seems as though a group is planning to undertake “one of the most ambitious experiments in history“, in which “a 27km-long circular particle accelerator … will smash protons into one another at unimaginable speeds trying to replicate in miniature the events of the Big Bang.”
Some tidbits for the lazy:
- the “fundamental goal of the massive machine is to answer the basic but crucial question of how matter was created at the birth of the universe“
- there is “something called dark energy” that “makes up about 70 per cent of the energy in the universe, but … we have absolutely no idea what it is”
- the machine itself “will be turned on next year and run for at least a decade and probably 20 years and the first results – if the machine behaves itself – should start coming out within a year“
- “the machine will create tiny black holes that evaporate and possibly even find particles that offer evidence that the three dimensions known to mankind are just a fraction of those that exist“
- “It could be that there is a whole new universe a millimetre away from our heads but at right-angles to the three dimensions that are here“
- “For the first time in many decades we have built a machine that exceeds our powers of prediction“
- “the possibility of accidentally destroying the planet as extremely low“ with a probability “at the level of 10 to the minus 40“
Well, with that being said, you’re really doing yourself a disservice by not reading the entire article. Extremely interesting. At first glance it sounds like the crazy plot for some apocalyptic science-fiction movie/novel.
However, I’m sure that somehow this doesn’t appeal to everyone as interesting reading. Though it should. Dark matter? Dark energy? New dimensions? Simply wonderful, I say.