Tuesday, September 1, 2009

There's this constant debate between the faithful and the scientifically savvy over the belief of what created mankind and the universe we all exist in. Currently at the French-Swiss boarder there are a multitude of scientists huddled underground working on explaining the creation of our universe and also the "billionths of a second" after the earth was created by using what is called a Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is the world's biggest particle accelerator according to the LHC UK's website that is intended to, as reported in a Science Times article titled , "to accelerate protons to 7 trillion electron volts and smash them together," in order to recreate the scene and give scientist's evidence that this instance had occurred at the dawn of time.

I have been thrilled and excited by this experiment since I had first heard about it a few years ago. My interest was severely heightened as I watched an hour long documentary about the project on my flight over to Australia, in between viewings of the film Burn After Reading. Lately, I have been having long discussions with friends, family, and strangers on what really caused the creation of the universe. The idea of an intelligent designer, to me, sounds like a great deal of fiction. I have tried to open myself up to the idea that a being inconceivable to man is what led to the creation of Earth and the universe as a whole, but again it is a theory hard to wrap my mind around. With the LHC experiment that is taking place just outside of Geneva, Switzerland, it will hopefully give some on the fence of the debate a little more insight

The LHC has made recent headlines such as the Times article, Particle Collider Will Operate, but at Half Power, where there are reports that the particle collider will begin again in November, but not at its desired speed. The collider has run into a few malfunctions in the past year after an explosion that ended up "vaporizing magnets" causing costly damages to the machine. They are hoping to have the LHC running at 3.5 trillion electron volts, and slowly increase the speed in the coming years.

Though this seems like an experiment that will take years and possibly decades to gain a substantial results, it is a project that is certainly worth pursuing. There are unfortunate doubters who are blowing ideas out of proportion. In an article in the Science Times in September last year called Suits to Halt Big Collider in Europe is Dismissed, a trial in Honolulu was tossed due to lack of jurisdiction in Europe. There was belief that the LHC could bring about the end of the world. The idea that the project would create a black hole has been shut down by safety studies. Either way, the idea seems like a bit of a stretch.

Truly these are exciting times we are living in. With such an extensive project that will hopefully be underway in Mid-November, the prospect of learning about the beginning of time as well as hopefully proving the Big Bang theory correct is enthralling. I personally believe that people should at least look at both sides even if they denounce the other. With this project and it's results, it will hopefully give people some new insight.

1 comment:

  1. Andrew, this is a fascinating subject. Given your interest, you may want to write about it for one of your future papers. I am concerned about some of the syntax and punctuation in the blog. Pay more attention to the rules of grammar in the next one. If you're unsure what's wrong in your post, ask me.