Will the world be sucked into a black hole today?
That’s what some people are worried about as scientists in Switzerland turn on the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator. It’s quite possible it will create a black hole, although most scientists don’t believe it will happen.
The first test has already happened, and it has been successful. But they still have more tests to do.
According to wikipedia, the collider will produce Higgs boson. It’s supposed to help unify three of the four known fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force. Only gravity wouldn’t be included, but this might also help explain why gravity is so weak compared to the other three.
I know I stay awake at night wondering about these things, and I know you do too.
But why create a machine that has a chance to destroy the world? Doesn’t that seem to be a little foolish?
But on the flip side, it may be able to tell us if time travel is possible, which would be cool, but would open up a lot of time travel problems that I’ve documented before (such as, if you go back in time to change something, and it works, then you have no need to go back in time to do because it’s been changed, so how did it change in the first place: confusing I know).
So if you feel a little extra pull to go to Switzerland today, ignore it.