November 26 2007 could be an important day in the history of science. In a labyrinth of tunnels beneath the France/Swiss border, the most complex scientific instrument ever built will be put to use in one of the most ambitious experiments ever. The instrument is the Large Hadron Colider (LHC) and scientists are attempting a rerun of the big-bang.
By revisiting the dawn of creation they hope to unravel some of the deepest secrets of our universe. Scientists already believe that it was within these first few moments that the foundational building blocks of the universe were created. Their hope is that if we can grasp an understanding of that moment of creation, we can understand anything and everything around us.
This reach for knowledge has occupied scientists for decades. In all previous experiments the one particle that has refused to show is the one known as the ‘God particle’ (real name TheHiggs -Boson). It is believed it is this particle that is crucial to our understanding of the universe, this particle will explain how matter arises. Ambitious or what!?
Over the 20 year lifespan of this experiment it is estimated that $6 billion will be lavished on the search for the ‘God particle’ If all goes to plan they will end up with the ultimate goal of physics – the ‘theory of everything’. All of life’s answers will be there.
Don’t spoil their day. Don’t anyone mention the book of Job.
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstoneâ€” while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth? Who has the wisdom to count the clouds? Job 38 verses 4-7,33,37.
Am I bothered? The worst case scenario is that this leap in to the unknown could trigger a black-hole powerful enough to devour the entire earth. The 5,000 or so scientists behind the project believe this disaster happening is extremely unlikely. Er, not no risk at all then?
And the link between Bush and the end of the world? I have been suggesting for a long time that if the USA President claims to be the leader of the free world we should have a vote in his appointment. Should we not have a vote about ending the planet too? Why was I not consulted?
It is a good job I have read the book, and I know the end. The Hadron Colider does not feature. The end of this world involves an angel, Jesus and a trumpet.