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Friday, January 11, 2008

The large hadron collider - gateway to other universes?

I'm really hoping to get started on another book soon, with a physicist, on multiverse theory.

Basically, that means - if you accept the multiversers' premises - that there are way more universes than pigeons in the park. And this article, "God's Laboratory," by Toronto science journalist Dan Falk, on the large hadron collider (LHC), which may help us find out, helps explain my impatience:
In the 30 years since proposing the Standard Model, theoretical physicists have forged ahead with ever-more complex theories to explain how the universe works. One such theory – string theory – envisions a universe composed of tiny vibrating strings, along with unseen extra dimensions and perhaps universes beyond our own.

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Finding evidence at the LHC to support extra dimension or supersymmetry theory would herald a revolution in our view of the universe, says Teuscher. “For the first time, we’d have proof that these are not just dreams of ours – that they’re really something solid.” It’s no wonder that the completion of the LHC is one of the most anticipated events in the international physics community. When the LHC comes online next summer, it will mark the high point in the careers of hundreds of scientists. These theorists and experimentalists have been waiting for decades to see what lies beyond the familiar quarks and photons and electrons of the Standard Model. “It will be all unknown,” says Teuscher. "It will be like going to a continent for the first time and exploring a new, uncharted territory."

Assuming we find a publisher, I will start another blog to host stories related to this topic. I start a new blog for each book, so as to seg stories for reader interest. For now, I am suspicious that multiverse theory is primarily intended to try to get around the fact that our universe appears to be intelligently designed - but we will see.

By the way, Dan Falk is author of Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything and soon-to-be author of a book about time (McClelland & Stewart, 2008).

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