On Tuesday, March 30 at precisely 1:06 PM in Geneva, Switzerland, scientists revisited our distant past. It only took 16 short years and a paltry $10 billion dollars to recreate the conditions similar to the original Big Bang that occurred some 13.7 billion years ago and is one of the major scientific theories behind the creation of life as we know it.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research, also known as CERN utilized the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest energy particle accelerator to smash two proton beams moving at 99 percent of the speed of light. This YouTube Video was shot just before the collision (while the vid appears to end abruptly - no worries, the experiment was a success and the world did not come to an end - at least, I don't think so, since I was able to post this blog on March 31.)
According to cosmologists, the term Big Bang generally refers to the idea that the Universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past. That instant occurred one trillionth of a second — one second divided by 10 followed by 11 zeroes, or what is best described as a picosecond.
The result was a soundless proton explosion that heralded a new period of scientific discovery as physicists from around the world try to recreate and study the conditions immediately after the Big Bang, understand the nature of dark energy and dark matter and determine whether the hypothetical Higgs Boson really does exist.
Peter HiggsHiggs Boson, sometimes known as the “God particle,” or as Peter Higgs liked to call it, the "God(damn) Particle" because of its elusive nature to be found. However, his theory (now believed by many) relies on the Higgs Boson's interaction with other particles giving birth to matter in a universe that could have been filled with energy alone - hence the name! "The God Particle" by Leon Lederman with Dick Teresi will provide you with some deeper insights on this topic- more than I could get my head around for this posting.
You continue to follow the the ongoing experiments at CERN's Web site and on Twitter. Yes, the Big Bangers are tweeters too!
As this cartoon poignantly points out, while science is diligently trying to do understand the mystery of life, the same power they are experimenting with - could actually one day become our undoing!