September 10, 2008

The Big-Bang Experiment - Whats this all about?

Firstly, the Big-Bang Theory. The Wikipedia definition of this theory goes this way-
The Big Bang is the cosmological model of the universe that is best supported by all lines of scientific evidence and observation. The essential idea is that the universe has expanded from a primordial hot and dense initial condition at some finite time in the past and continues to expand to this day. Georges LemaƮtre proposed what became known as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the Universe, although he called it his 'hypothesis of the primeval atom'. The framework for the model relies on Albert Einstein's General Relativity as formulated by Alexander Friedmann

So what is this experiment all about?
Well, this experiment is about the recreation of this effect, like how Georges Lemaitre proposed in his original theory. The core of this experiment is a 27 kilometer long tunnel-like machine called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) machine which is placed under Swizz-French border. Scientists will attempt to smash particle beams together at close to the speed of light inside this machine, that is said to simulate multiple smaller versions of this Big-Bang.

Cosmologists say that that explosion of an object the size of a small coin occurred about 13.7 billion years ago, and this resulted to the creation of mass and hence the creation of life on Earth. (and maybe in many other planets)

One of the key aims of this experiment is to find the Higgs Bosom. Scottish physicist Peter Higgs pointed out in 1964 to such a particle (also called the God Particle) as the force that gave mass to matter and made the universe possible.

So, why is the world looking at this with caution and tension?
This is because there has been some talks (or rumours?) that this experiment will create "black holes" of intensive gravity sucking in CERN, Europe and perhaps the whole planet, or that it will open the way for beings from another universe to invade through a "worm hole" in space-time.

So, is this really safe?
Well, at this point in time, the scientists at CERN have assured that this is highly safe and that the LHC is well sealed and safe. All we can do at this point in time, is to wait till tomorrow.

I wish the scientists at CERN a very good luck and I'm confident this experiment will be listed as one of the most successful scientific experiments conducted by mankind!

Here is a video that walks us through this $16bn particle accelerator-

For more videos on this experiment, go here.
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