Sunday, June 08, 2008

Particle Accelerators

So, under Switzerland somewhere, they are going to accelerate a couple of particles into each other at such a rate it will recreate conditions at the beginning of the universe. This is in order to discover the 'God Particle'. Is that the Higgs Bosun particle or something? I failed O Level sciences (physics and chemistry) and this blog doesn't bother to do research when the comments will sort it.

Bill Bailey suggests that the parameters of this experiment are:

a) Nothing will happen at all.
b) A black hole will open under central Europe.

Could we have a little less uncertainty please?


Mike Peatman said...

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle means we haven't got a bloody clue, but we hope it's not (b) - at least not until the football's finished.

Andy said...

Less uncertaintly...

a black hole will open under European Organization
for Nuclear Research, CERN, CH-1211 Genève 23, Switzerland...probably with a bit of a loud bang.

Martin said...

I would say that if they do make a black hole, it needn't necessarily be a concern. As long as the black hole is small it will quite possibly dissipate giving out hawking radiation, which (and this is very important) reveals absolutely nothing about what it was inside the black hole.

Of course, if I was to come up with my own random physical theory that isn't easily testable, but which might sound good on the telly, and might if my maths were good enough even make it into one of the less renowned peer review journals (come on, even homoeopathy is in journals and that's complete rubbish) it would be this - strings aren't the fundamental thing (I don't think anyone's even tried to prove that), but instead, particles are in fact all black holes, whose size is obviously quantised (think planks constant for the smallest possible, although can't remember the units and thus whether it's mass, energy or something else), and through which the various properties of the black hole that can be externally observed (such as angular momentum and magnetic field) are observed. This is quite a neat theory in a sense, as it explains the fact that we seem to be able to have various masses of the same particle. Still, probably not the case, but would be nice to find out.

Martin said...

PS. spot obvious spelling mistake (clue - it's in one of the sets of brackets)

Max said...

As thick as two short plancks?