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Any other physics geeks out there?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by in_a_days, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

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    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Now WTF did the Atom do to y'all to make y'all wanna keep splittin it :icon_eek: :tdown: :icon_evil:
     
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    in_a_days dgaf

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    :lol:

    An atom once called a physicist a geek and they've all been trying to smash it into something smaller since. :yes:
     
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    Well it's tough to anticipate how the discoveries this thing will assist us with might help people, because we really can really only speculate what it's going to show us.

    But in the big pictures it's going to make major strides as far as telling us what modern theories are accurate and which are not. The energy levels and particle interactions that are going to take place inside this machine have literally not existed (at least in a time or place in which we can witness and measure it) in the universe since the first moments after the big bang.

    There are a lot of different competing theories out there that attempt to describe huge chunks of the way the universe works from Einstein's Standard Model, to Quantum Physics, to String Theory and beyond. All these different models offer slightly different predictions for what we can expect from the experiments this machine will perform. Hopefully the actual results will confirm one of these theories as being the most accurate and in tune with the way the universe actually functions. And that will be a major step forward for physics because it will basically tell us which path we need to follow from here to continue advancing the science.

    I know it's all pretty abstract, but I think I share a sentiment with the people that have created all this stuff; that the more we know about the universe and how it functions, how it started and where's it's going, the more we might actually learn about ourselves and our role therein.
     
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    Funny, I just got into a conversation about this with my aunt recently. She believes that is going to create a micro black hole and suck the earth into it. Umm... I disagreed.
     
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    I can't find the link, but I recently read on a physics blog some guy requesting some other guy to stop spamming internet boards and university e-mail boxes with demands to hault the project. Like the guy was calling the physics department at MIT like 15 times a day and harassing professors, leaving threatening messages and ****.

    The request to the spammer was very humorous and condescending, and I must admit... I laughed my balls off. I'll post the link if I ever find it.

    I think CERN researches estimate the odds of a catastrophe to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 in 40 million.
     
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    This is like asking which came first .... the chicken or the egg?

    Then they'll find out it was neither.
     
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    in_a_days dgaf

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    Learning that everyone is wrong would be just as valuable as learning that one person is right. :yes:
     
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    Charger Dave Back to the Alethiometer..

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    Buncha frickin bullys if you ask me.
    :lol:
     
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    The solar system isn't round

     
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    LHC Ignition Delayed Until August, Earth Spared Another Month

     
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    LHC: Cern in numbers

     
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    Looking for neutralinos at the Large Hadron Collide
    By Miranda Marquit, Physics / Physics

     
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    The funny thing is, the experiment, like any other, has variables yet to be discovered, such as the jump I made on my bicycle when I was 8.

    Looked cool until the landing. Wonder if the scientists consider the consequences of this test yet? 1 in 40 million? I think that was my calculation too. :icon_rofl:
     
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    Cern lab goes 'colder than space'

     
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    Deep thinking

     
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    I'm actually really excited to see what they/ we all learn from the LHC. The scare about mini black holes is just an ignorant belief, but it is pretty funny!
     
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    What will the LHC find?

     
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    ... and it begins

     
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    Make or Break Time for Peter Higgs' Theory

     
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    D'oh!

     
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    how exactly is it damaged?

    mayb for the best?

    theories were flyin around that it could swiss cheese the earth.

    i also kinda funny they phrased it like that. especially being on the French-SWISS border
     
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    I think when they told the public that "mini-black holes" could happen, it was a misnomer. The only reason why real black holes seem to devour all matter is because their masses are GINORMOUS. The masses we're dealing with in the LHC are just parts of atoms. I mean, we're talking atomic units here, not even grams. With black holes, we're talking like 10 million solar masses. Huge difference! :yes:
     
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    It's turtles all the way down!
     
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    What about the elephants?
     
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    When the French Particals came to the Swiss border, they surrendered......:icon_shrug:
     
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    Until Next Fall, LHC Smashes Only Hopes, Not Particles

     
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