“But I’m not holding my breath..”

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is due to go fully online in late August and, whilst legal concerns about the experiment rumble on, to celebrate that fact the Guardian has an avalanche of articles – part of a special supplement to today’s paper. They include, among others, an introduction by Steven Hawking, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees on the building blocks of the universe, Simon Singh on WIMPs, MACHOs and DUNNOs, even philospher AC Grayling has a go, and on a lighter note Chris Morris on a “zone weaponised to boggle” – complete with podcast.. full cerncast here. As an aside there was a fascinating interview with physicist Peter Higgs earlier. Brian Cox has been visiting and working at CERN for over a decade, and it’s he who Slate’s Timothy Noah turned to in a recent article on the pros and cons of the planet’s survival.

You read on the web, well, what happens if these black holes fly straight through the planet before they have a chance to eat it? Whereas the one that the LHC could [create would] just sit there and perhaps sink to the center of the earth? It turns out that when you do the calculation the black holes are so small that even if they didn’t decay and they just sat there they wouldn’t come close enough to any matter—because matter is basically empty space—to dissolve and to [inaudible] the matter and to grow so they wouldn’t do any damage. Okay; why don’t you ignore that? Well the final piece of wonderful evidence which confines these idiots to the bin is that you look up into the sky and you see white walls—some neutron stars—very, very dense stars. Cosmic rays are hitting those with energy greater than those seen at the LHC so if you can make black holes, black holes will be created on that surface. It turns out that they’re nuclear dense, these stars, so the black holes are not going to fly through there; they’re going to sit there and they’re going to eat away and they’re going to eat away much quicker than they could eat away the earth because the matter is much denser. So people have calculated how many neutron stars or white walls you would see in the sky if this were happening. If they were getting eaten by little mini-black holes and it turns out that there’d be very few indeed—in fact probably pretty much none, and you can do the calculation. So there’s a whole layer [laughs] that—I don’t need to reassure you anymore, I’m sure, but there are layer after layer after layer of—of tests and some of them are observational and some of them are theoretical and it turns out that it’s utter nonsense.

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  • T.Ruth

    Regrettably Mr Hawking lacks faith in God and believes in the insupportable nonsense of the Big Bang theory.Common sense has enabled us to reject Big Bang Theory and DNA theory enables us to reject all the evolutionist claptrap that people like Prof.Dawkins spout without a shred of scientific evidence.

    Christians have faith in God. Faith is the substance of things hoped for,the evidence of things not seen—–through Faith we (Christians) understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God,so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11 vv 1and3). Science will come in time to a full understanding of the great energy and power of God. We also know from the Old Testament —-(Psalm 19 vv1-3) The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech; and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.Christians also believe(2Peter ch3 v10) The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;in the which the heavens and earth shall pass away with a great noise,and the elements shall melt with fervrent heat,the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
    We are understandably very concerned for those who like Stephen Hawking are without Faith and without a future beyond this earthly time–it must be an awful thing to have no hope of Eternity in God’s presence.

  • joeCanuck

    We are understandably very concerned for those who like Stephen Hawking are without Faith

    Who is we?

  • Pete Baker

    T.Ruth

    Your concern is duly noted.

    Btw, the choice of title on this subsequent post was, partly, inspired by your comment here – “They believed the blast was a visitation by the god Ogdy..”

    ;o)

  • Greenflag

    ‘it must be an awful thing to have no hope of Eternity in God’s presence.’

    Actually it’s not -it’s quite a relief . I can’t imagine anything more dreadful than kneeling/standing/floating up in a huge heavenly auditorium for eons on end singing Hallelujahs and watching angels floating by playing on their harps 🙂 . After the first billion years it must get boring eh ? And having to meet all the ancestors and finding out that I and millions of others are related to William the Bastard , Brian Boru etc would not be my idea of a pleasant interlude never mind an eternal one.

    ‘ Regrettably Mr Hawking lacks faith in God and believes in the insupportable nonsense of the Big Bang theory’

    Along with 99% of physicists cosmic and otherwise on the planet and most other scientists on the planet (this one )

    ‘and DNA theory enables us to reject all the evolutionist claptrap that people like Prof.Dawkins spout without a shred of scientific evidence.’

    All life is one . From the very beginning of the original twitch (the Big Birth )to the present variety of living organisms animal and plant we are all the fortunate and very lucky inheritors of a vast number of random events without which life would have remained as it did for half the earths history a single celled amoeba like blob or might never have emerged on this planet at all at all.

    Enjoy the brief moment while you can . This life is not a dress rehearsal . Unless of course you’re in the religion business, and need to make a living by taking a lot of money from those who prefer ‘mythological ansers ‘ to scientific ones . Evolution btw has not ended with homo sapiens – It continues as it always has and will until all life is extingushed from this earth as no doubt it will be at some point in the distant future assuming that the lads at Cern don’t suck us all into a black hole . If you’re reading this it has’nt happened yet anyway :).

    Keep your faith and I won’t keep mine 🙂