Thursday, September 07, 2006


Miniature Big Bangs and Tiny Black Holes

Okay, this is what I want to see more of in future. No more maunderings about whether or not Pluto is a planet, or exciting new uses for RFID. I want guys using a supercollider to smash things together and fuck shit up. And that's just what a group of scientists at CERN is planning to do, through the agency of the Large Hadron Collider.
If the theories are correct, the machine will create tiny Black Holes that evaporate and possibly even find particles that offer evidence that the three dimensions known to mankind are just a fraction of those that actually exist.

That would be an even bigger headline than the Black Holes. It could be that there is a whole new universe a millimeter away from our heads but at right-angles to the three dimensions that are here,' Cox said.
Anyone who's followed my previous science posts (or read one of my novels, or heard me rant about comic books) knows I'm a sucker for the multiverse, so anything that could serve to prove the existence of higher dimensions is aces in my book.

Luckily for us, these new experiments aren't likely to doom us all:
Cox dismissed worries that by adventuring into the unknown and creating tiny Black Holes, the machine could even threaten to destroy the planet.

"The probability is at the level of 10 to the minus 40," he said.
We should note, though, that he doesn't say that it's impossible...

Hey Chris..

I'm relatively new here but are you familiar with the works of Dr. Micho Kaku? He's a regular on Coast to Coast. Good stuff.
Oh, yes. I've worshipped at the altar of Kaku for years. His Hyperspace was a particular favorite, and informed a lot of my current thinking, but Parallel Worlds was aimed directly between my eyes, revolving as it did around so many of my obsessions.

Have you seen the documentary miniseries he did for the BBC a year or two back? I think it's just titled "Time," and it's Kaku's one-man-show as he ruminates on the nature of time, memory, aging, etc. Well worth seeking out.
No, I haven't. It might have been running on BBC Canada. I picture Kaku as Carl Sagen doing that documentary of his before he died, "Millions and Millions of years." but only Kaku going in another direction kije you mention. "Time?" I wonder if he used the song "Time" by Alan Parsons Project in the series.

Thanks for mentioning that, I'll see if the series is available at Amazon or elsewhere.
oops, sorry about the typo.

my bad.
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