Today we learn from Switzerland inscrutable good news:
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) has collided particles to release record-setting bursts of energy. LHC collisions have reached 7 TeVs (7 trillion electron volts). The purpose of the CERN particle accelerator experiment is to observe and measure the Higgs Boson Particle, also called the God Particle, predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics, but which has yet to be observed in the physical world. The ultimate goal is a collision releasing 14 Tevs of energy. [nowpublic.com]
Of course since the US was a super power, we began to build a collider but money was not there to complete the project. Congress killed it . The buildings that were built will house data centers. [wiki]
I’ve got to have a Physicist for dinner and get an explanation beyond WiKi. But the bottom line is: will it matter (no pun intended). Will it stop the war in the Middle east from happening? Will Muslims believe it?. Can we use it as a weapon? Will it cause us to fall into a black hole – the prevailing concern? Will we find out when the end of the world will really occur so that we may pack a lunch, buy tickets and watch?
If there is a war going on over Darwin’s teachings, imagine one over the less known future findings from this project? We won’t be able to accept or deny any data that comes out of this unless we took physics.
But for those of us who may want to believe in the after life but have doubts, will this just exacerbate the problem and add to the reputation of Doubting Thomas? Easter will become a national spring holiday. One thing of which we can be certain: the Biblical line that goes something like “blessed are those who have seen and believed; more blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” is the product of a genius rhetorician in the early centuries following Christ.
Now because most of us are neophytes in the physical sciences, here are a couple of videos by a professor who is charming, good looking and a genius to explain these events to us: