Saturday, September 13, 2008

I have been very impressed with the Large Hadron Collider, which was switched on last Wednesday to start protons on their 16 mile journey beneath bits of France and Switzerland. The whole project is a truly impressive piece of engineering design and construction, along with the physics that goes with it. It seems the LHC might be able to reproduce the conditions that prevailed one billionth of a billionth of a second after the Big Bang, which leads to the question as to whether it will ever be possible - never mind sensible - to try and go that final, tantallising billionth of a second and reproduce the start of everything from scratch.
I`m pretty sure we won`t be able to go there, since however far the boundary might be pushed back, then - like the search for absolute zero - there is likely always to be something preventing that final step being reached. You see, when it comes to LHCs, I am forced to conclude that God`s will always be bigger than anything we can ever produce. Comforting thought?

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