Titles About The CERN Hadron Collider
What Could Become The Greatest Gamble Our Planet Has Ever Faced: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, is housed in a tunnel 17 miles (27 km) in circumference, and more than 500 feet beneath the ground, at the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was built by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, to collide opposing beams of protons of lead nuclei at near light speed. In September of 2008, days after its launch, LHC was shut down by a serious fault between two superconducting bending magnets. In November 2009, CERN claims it has repaired the original defects and the severe resulting damage, so that it can “safely” fire up the LHC again. But this is the largest science experiment in the history of our planet, and its “laboratory” is the planet itself. The stakes could not be higher for the Earth and all of the life that it sustains. This title illuminates crucial questions that must be asked by the people of the world: Since credible scientists have declared that LHC operations can create “black holes,” how can we be sure that they will not lead, as many scientists believe is well within the properties of black holes, to the implosion of the planet? • If CERN and the LHC are dominated by physicists who demonstrate a faith-based devotion to the branch of quantum mechanics known as string theory, for which there is no empirical proof, does this undercut reliable risk assessment? • Since the LSAG report expressly relies upon quantum mechanics being a “Law of Nature”, should we be worried about reliable risk assessment, since the late Nobel laureate Richard Feynmann said that “no one understands quantum mechanics”? • It is ethically permissible to risk the Earth, for any purpose, at any time, even if the risks are, in the opinion of scientists, tiny? What if the scientists are wrong? • Is it possible that some black holes in our universe, such as in binary systems, were caused by civilizations which, in their hubris, did not pass “The Hadron Test”? • Who should be empowered to assess risk and environmental impact of a global project that could, if there is a flaw in its conception, destroy the Earth?
A Science Fiction Mystery Thriller, Exploring The Newest Of Scientific Research And The Deepest Of Philosophical Questions: The Large Hadron Collider sits deep below ground in Switzerland and France, accelerating protons to near light-speed and smashing them to learn the secrets of the universe. Shannon Fields, senior press relations officer, plays a key role at the CERN research facility in informing the world, in easily understood language, of the great discoveries the giant LHC makes. But soon after the LHC goes to maximum power, an unexpected and inexplicable result occurs; a result that both pleases and baffles those who experience it. People begin to hear the voices of dead friends and relatives. Shannon, her brilliant physicist father, and a trusted security officer strive to unravel the mystery of “The Voices at CERN” before reputations are dashed and the integrity of CERN as a world-leading scientific facility is forever tarnished. Their discovery of the answer to the mystery of the voices focuses world attention on CERN. But the discovery also leads to an immediate threat from an intractable foe; a threat, which if carried out, would destroy the LHC and cause unequaled harm to every major nation in the world. Shannon and the others rush to stop their foe before the unthinkable happens.
The Higgs boson is one of our era’s most fascinating scientific frontiers and the key to understanding why mass exists. Caltech physicist Sean Carroll documents the doorway that is opening — after billions of dollars and the efforts of thousands of researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland — into the mind-boggling world of dark matter. The Particle at the End of the Universe has it all: money and politics, jealousy and self-sacrifice, history and cutting-edge physics.
The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest, and by far the most powerful, machine ever built. A project of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, its audacious purpose is to re-create, in a 16.5-mile-long circular tunnel under the French-Swiss countryside, the immensely hot and dense conditions that existed some 13.7 billion years ago within the first trillionth of a second after the fiery birth of our universe. The collider is now crashing protons at record energy levels never created by scientists before. Its superconducting magnets guide two beams of protons in opposite directions around the track. After accelerating the beams to 99.9999991 percent of the speed of light, it collides the protons head-on, annihilating them in a flash of energy sufficient to coalesce into a shower of particles and phenomena that have not existed since the first moments of creation.
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