Sunday, September 28, 2008

United They Stand



speed, originally uploaded by Rabujee.

So, where do you find a Pakistani and an Indian, an Irani and an American, a Palestinian and an Israeli all working together, passionate about one common goal?

In Geneva of course! Yep, 7000 scientists from over 80 countries are working together and excited to be part of this history making event. The Hadron Collider is the largest particle accelerator in the world, built underground between the Alps and the Jura Mountains.

Its WAY too technical to get into the details but basically the scientists hope to accelerate two separate beams of protons (moving in opposite directions) along a 17 mile circular route. These beams will contain matter of only about a billionth of a gram, yet the momentum reached will be equivalent to that of a freight train moving at 120 mph!!

What's the purpose of all this, you ask? WELL, the findings could redefine what you've been taught in your chemistry and physics classes. I think even the scientists don't know what it could all mean, yet. The Collider won't be into operation until Spring of 2009, as they're still working out some technical difficulties.

I think this is a huge deal, not only from the science and engineering perspective but because amidst all this chaos in the world, theres still one society which stands firm and united. And that's wayyyyyy cool!

Okay, nerdy moment over; I know that if nobody else enjoyed ANY part of this...then at least one person did: Provoking Invoking =D.

8 comments:

Constructive Attitude said...

Lol @ your beginning and ending. You totally lost me in the middle. Actually, honestly I zoned out. Maybe you shud try layman's terms for us non engineer/sciency people ;)
And I mean that in a nice way <3

Artistic Logic said...

man...there were no simple terms haha its way beyond my understanding...and i said "its too technical to get into the details" so i stayed away from explaining too much of it lol

provoking invoking said...

hehehe thanks for the mention. i don't feel qualified to talk about particle physics. ask me in a year. i have to say, i don't keep up with alot of the scientific articles either. I'm more into reading about dark matter and dark energy. Astronomy is so intriguing...

but yes. science brings the world together. and helps destroy it. gotta love it. and hate it. i can't wait to see the watchmen..

Snake Charmer said...

i've heard about this, there was talk recently on the news that the accelerator when fully functional could create a black hole and end world as we know it..lol

provoking invoking said...

yeah lol.. just in case anyone thinks its possible to create a black hole, its NOT. sorry. but sadly the first reaction of most physicists i know is "that would be AWESOME!!" we're not morbid, i swear.

Artistic Logic said...

lol yea def. nothing that dramatic is gonna happen...

Mrs. Cullen said...

is this picture from those tunnels on the way to sterling heights?? I LOVE THOSE TUNNELS

Artistic Logic said...

haha they're on the lodge so i would assume you take that to sterling heights