Anyone who thinks LHC will destroy the world is a twat

The LHC is ready, and will start operation early tomorrow, 9am CET, Wednesday 10th of September (Webcast), while the first collisions will start on October 21st, so sorry to disappoint, but no end of the world yet.

LHC stands for Large Hadron Collider, spans along the Swiss and French borders, and it's the largest particle accelerator, and with a circumference of 27km long, the biggest machine ever built. The purpose is pure research, used to test several high energy physics theories, being probably the most famous one the (non) existence of the Higgs Boson, or so-called God Particle.

The title of this post is a reference to an interview with Brian Cox where he tried to debunk the myth that the LHC would destroy the world.

As far as I can remember, the myth was started by two American nuts, a lawyer and a self-called scientist with a lawsuit against CERN in the US, trying to bring to a standstill the construction of the LHC by stopping shipments from Fermilab to CERN.

In the last few weeks we have been flooded with articles written by poorly informed journalists predicting the end of the world for tomorrow, in a shameful sort of apocalyptic pamphlets ("Are we all going to die Wednesday" and comments), getting to the point where CERN employees have received death threats, mainly due to the fact that the LHC might create tiny black holes that would quickly decay.

To be honest, I think the "You are evil and dangerous and you are going to destroy the world" quote in the article perfectly shows the faint-heartedness of our society, where the mass never wants to take a risk to advance in any field, as we have seen many times through history.

Just because you fear what you don't understand, here's very interesting video by Brian Cox explaining what is and what is the purpose of the LHC: Brian Cox on CERN's supercollider. The talk is great, and you can definitely see he loves about what he is talking about, and what is more important, he is able to explain what all the LHC is about to regular people.





 


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