David Kirkpatrick

February 28, 2010

Large Hadron Collider back in operation

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:30 pm

The first beams of 2010 circled the LHC earlier today.

Now, here comes the science …



  1. I seem to recall that a lot of strange things have happened to the Large Hadron Collider during the time of it’s construction:

    1. Thousands of solder joints on the big magnets failed. (unprecedented!)

    2. So many problems cropped up during the final construction that two scientists – somewhat tongue in cheek – proposed that the machine was so risky to the World that the Future was sending back signals to the Past (us!)to prevent the machine from operating.

    3. There is a movement in Big Science (a commitee, newsletter, letter-writing campaign, etc.) of scientists who want to prevent it from starting up because (based on how you do your mathematics) there is a sizeable chance that a mini-Black Hole will be created, which, of course, will immediately begin to devour the Earth, getting larger as it progresses…

    Wonder why all the money, time and effort being spent here and at the South Pole Telescope, ostensibly to discover “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy” – which Einstein invented ‘way back in 1915.

    What’s the rush, fellows?

    Comment by The Wiseman — February 28, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    • I’ve been a pretty good cheerleader for the LHC, but I do admit some of the concerns about its safety have been understated by physicists in general and the brain-trust at CERN specifically.

      Plus, there has been a lot of very strange anomalies surrounding the collider’s operation. Messages from the future? Cosmic quantum entanglement? Hmmm …

      Comment by davidkirkpatrick — March 2, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

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