>> Sunday, November 29, 2009
I asked for ideas on my other blog, Rocket Scientist, and I got a number of great ideas. Given that I'm dependent on reader input on this blog, this is where I'm going to use them.
So, I'm going to start with Patricia Rockwell, who asked about the Hadron Collider. She'd asked about Hadron before here when she asked about the end of the world. And I've talked about here here, too.
Truth is, I don't really think about it much at all. I'm not a theoretical physicist. I mean it's cool beans, interesting to me like any technical marvel that doesn't necessarily have a practical use. I used to work with the former chief engineer of the never quite completed Super Collider.
Do I worry about it making black holes? Nope. That's not my understanding of how they are created and what they are.
Will it bring the end of the world? I find it highly unlikely.
Will it change the world for regular people? Probably not. It's for theoretical physicists to try to test theories, but the practical applications, if any, aren't exactly forthcoming. Fun stuff but more academic than useful for the short term.
At least, that's what I think. And, truthfully, I've been wrong before.