Well finally earlier this morning the most ambitious experiment ever in particle physics was launched in Switzerland. This moment was anticipated by many, but feared by others.
The so much anticipated moment was at 8.30 am (British time, GM+1), and after one or two glitches the first ‘proton beam’ was injected into the Large Hadron Collider. At that time in the morning I am usually in the kitchen (doing some of the domestic stuff, you know) listening to Radio 4. This morning Andrew Marr reported live from the LHC control room, and it was really exciting to hear the counting down to the start.
Brian Cox one of the leading physicists in this projects takes a stub at scaremongers and intelligent design theorist, in in interview with BBC. Here is a fragment from his interview which you can find on BBC website:
“I am in fact immensely irritated by the conspiracy theorists who spread this nonsense around and try to scare people. This non-story is symptomatic of a larger mistrust in science, particularly in the US, which includes intelligent design amongst other things.
The only serious issue is why so many people who don’t have the time or inclination to discover for themselves why this stuff is total crap have to be exposed to the opinions of these half-wits”.
Well I am looking forward for the findigs of these experiments. Will we get an insight into what is (or even the evidence for) “the Missing Particle” (the Higgs boson or, the God Particle)? And if so what would be the implications for our theological discourse?