Saturday, August 23, 2008

the end of the world . . .

Recently, I read an article in the New Yorker about the Large Hadron Collider (L.H.C.), which is to be completed sometime soon. In essence, it is the latest and greatest particle accelerator, spanning some 17 miles, that physicists hope will yield answers to some of the many questions and theories concerning the nature of the universe. I’m not sure why I’m drawn to the subject of physics, but I think it has to do with the immensity of the universe that surrounds us and the idea that people actually dedicate their lives to try to understand the fundamental nature of it all. It is akin to religion and the realization that there indeed exists something much larger than ourselves out there. It is wondrous and humbling (and come to think of it, actually asks many of the same questions as religion. Physics is simply seeking a different path, perhaps going about things in a more pragmatic way, although, it too relies upon faith to a large extent. But I digress . . . )

I wanted to share a particular passage with you,

“Worries about the end of the planet have shadowed nearly every high-energy experiment. Such concerns were given a boost by Scientific America – presumably inadvertently-in 1999. That summer, the magazine ran a letter to the editor about Brookhaven’s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, then nearing completion. The letter suggested that the Brookhaven collider might produce a mini black hole” that would be drawn toward the center of the earth, thus
“devouring the entire planet within minutes.” Frank Wilczek dismissed the idea of mini black holes devouring the earth, but went on to raise a new possibility: the collider could produce strangelets, a form of matter that some think might exist at the center of neutron stars. In that case, he observed, “one might be concerned about an ‘ice-9’-type transition,” wherein all surrounding matter could be converted into strangelets and the world as we know it would vanish.” Wilczek labeled his own suggestion “not plausible,” but the damage had been done. “BIG BANG MACHINE COULD DESTROY EARTH” ran the headline of the London Times . Brookhaven was forced to appoint a committee to look into this and other disaster scenarios. The committee concluded that “we are safe from a strangelet-initiated catastrophe.”

So, now we know we should live in fear of the possibility of strangelets, something we heretofore we were not even aware existed. In a way, l like to think of myself as a stranglet, waiting to initiate my very own catastrophe.

2 comments:

James Jr said...

Interesting article, but misleading. CERN was prepared to potentially create micro black holes without a new safety study until outside pressure (from nuclear physicist and lawyer Walter L. Wagner) who enlightened CERN of fundamental flaws with their cosmic ray safety arguments.

Now CERN's Dr. Ellis argues that Hawking Radiation along with its outlandish requirements for negative energy and reverse time travel is a compelling argument for safety, ignoring numerous papers that clearly conclude that Hawking Radiation theory is fundamentally flawed conjecture. (See papers by Dr. Helfer, Prof. Belinski, Dr. Rossler that conclude black holes do not evaporate).

CERN's Dr. Jonathan Ellis arrogantly dismisses the validity of independent scientific papers that compelling dispute proofs of safety and theorize significant potential for Earth destruction from slow moving micro black holes, should they be created on Earth by the Large Hadron Collider. (See papers by Dr. Rossler and Dr. Plaga).

Dr. Rossler writes in his blog of the reason his research has received inadequate scientific rebuttal "I consider it very plausible that the [disinformation] policy of CERN’s has shielded the author from his field of research for the last 18 months".

So we are just weeks away from collisions according to Dr. Ellis which will prove safety. The same experiments may give Earth an incurable case of stable micro black hole cancer with an unknown morbidity time frame (possibly 50 months to 50 years according to Dr. Rössler's calculations).

Dr. Ellis recently referred to the eminent Professor Dr. Rössleras "Mr. Rössler". This did not appear to be by accident.

The decision to conduct this experiment should not be approved by the fox guarding the hen house. Independent oversight could not be needed more than this moment in history.

"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. Rössler, a modern day Leonardo Da Vinchi, Professor of Theoretical Biochemistry, 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, contributor to hyper chaos, micro relativity and author of approximately 300 scientific papers.

Stacie Raddatz said...

You get the prize for envoking the longest comment I have ever seen.