Wednesday, November 11, 2009

God or a time traveling bird...same difference

For anyone who has been keeping up with the all of the amazing discoveries that the Large Hadron Collider has produced since it has been built, I am pleased to announce that once again it has yet to operate without malfunction.

If you aren't familiar with the Large Hadron Collider, it is the world's largest particle collider. It's located outside of Geneva Switzerland, and its purpose is to collide subatomic particles at high speeds to generate crazy amounts of energy. The hope of the collider is to discover the Higgs boson particle (The God Particle).

However, almost every year since it has been built there has been some type of problem. Most recently (Nov. 3rd) a sector of super cooled magnets went offline because an electrical substation went out. This was due to the fact that a passing bird dropped a piece of bread into it.

This has raised many questions as to why the collider hasn't been successful, and two physicists have come up with a theory. Bech Nielsen and Masao Ninomiya are saying that the large collider has been tampered with intentionally. Their explanation? God, or a time traveling bird. They suggest that the bird could have been sent back through time to sabotage the collider once again. Of course there's no way of knowing if the bird was actually a time traveler, or if it was God that sent the bird to cause the malfunction. Either way, these two physicists suggest that God, or time travelers, don't want us to discover this Higgs boson particle because knowing the secrets to all of the universe could lead us to extreme catastrophe, such as the end of the world. Geez, this is 1.21 gigawatts full of confusion and frustration.

Is this theory absolutely preposterous, or is there some substance to this claim? I have no idea. I'm not a physicist. However, I do know one thing for sure. I've heard of crazier ideas.

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