It's the Large Hadron Collider Thread, yo!

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It's the Large Hadron Collider Thread, yo!

Post by squirrelboutique » Tue Sep 02, 2008 2:47 am

It's time this thing moved beyond the Irrational Fears thread.

This is the best thing I've seen/heard all summer.


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Post by Gordon » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:01 am

Nice. Redeemed from the end of the world by rap.

Anyone else find themselves almost singing along with the chorus...?
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Post by Big Nose » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:02 am

Thats geek rap of the highest order. Although I was hoping this thread would be about the world ending when the fire this bad boy up.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.j ... lhc105.xml

This probably contains my favourite ever scientist quote :-
Prof Brian Cox, Manchester University

Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a twat.
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Post by SophieC » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:20 am

Big Nose wrote:Thats geek rap of the highest order. Although I was hoping this thread would be about the world ending when the fire this bad boy up.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.j ... lhc105.xml

This probably contains my favourite ever scientist quote :-
Prof Brian Cox, Manchester University

Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a twat.
it's even less / more cool when you realise that Prof Brian Cox is the lead singer of 'things can only get better' band D:Ream. i suspect that someone has already turned the hard on collider on and its monkeyed around with the natural order of things.
When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called 'the People's Stick.'

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Post by Gordon » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:27 am

Haha.

From wikipedia:
Born 1968
Oldham, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Fields Particle Physics
Known for D:Ream, LHC
This thread makes me think of JamieC's last post on Bowlie.
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Post by bodgers_badger » Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:11 pm

There's so many physics topics. This is awesome.

I've spent most of the past week calming worried pupils down about the apparent end of the world.

I also want to be Brian Cox when I grow up.

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Post by Modern Antiquarian » Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:10 pm

Has Brian Cox never seen star trek??

He calls himself a geek and he seems blissfully unaware of the principle outlined in too many star trek episodes to reference that when matter and anti -matter collide there'll be a whole lot of exploding!
Call me a twat but I'm not sure they know what they're doing..
Just because health and safety have given something the go ahead is no guarantee of safety in the real world let alone in theoretical physics.

Also this whole dark matter theory is simplistic bunk. The egg heads have done some sums on incomplete data to produce a total mass for the universe. They've created instruments to measure this perceivable portion, and a load of Heath-Robinson contraptions down mines to try to measure some new stuff which so far has produced no positive results.

Ok, so even from our limited data we realise there's more to the universe than we can currently measure, Surely its far more likely that the mass of the universe that we can't measure is made up of a heap of different kind of things we can't even imagine perceiving rather than a simplistic single dark matter particle and dark energy force?

The Greeks had a word for it - Hubris.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:50 pm

Is this where I get to say it is big and it is clever.

We spent ten minutes of a meeting yesterday talking about this and concluded that the meeting was pointless as the world would be over before the thing we were talking about happened and that we should all take the intervening days as holiday.

But then professionalism set in. Typical.

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Post by sweepingthenation » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:11 pm

You have to say your PR has gone somewhat awry when all anyone knows of your massive experiment is that it might end the world.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:17 pm

Maybe in a meeting somewhere justifications are being made "But at least people are talking about it! Look at the column inches."

They should cash in on it, have a do when they switch it on, with four horsemen riding around and The Rapture.

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Post by soft revolution » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:47 am

Modern Antiquarian wrote:He calls himself a geek and he seems blissfully unaware of the principle outlined in too many star trek episodes to reference that when matter and anti -matter collide there'll be a whole lot of exploding!
Don't worry. I'm sure I read somewhere that they've got an "eject the warp core" command on the LHC. :)

I'm so looking forward to what the LHC reveals around the composition of particles. It's like living in the future and almost makes up for being 5 to 10 generations too early to set foot on the moon/mars/just go in to space.
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Post by bodgers_badger » Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:15 am

soft revolution wrote: I'm so looking forward to what the LHC reveals around the composition of particles. It's like living in the future and almost makes up for being 5 to 10 generations too early to set foot on the moon/mars/just go in to space.
If they find evidence of the Higgs Boson I might wee myself. I was lucky enough to visit the ATLAS detector in February. It is BIG. Pictures don't really do it justice.

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Post by soft revolution » Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:43 am

bodgers_badger wrote:If they find evidence of the Higgs Boson I might wee myself. I was lucky enough to visit the ATLAS detector in February. It is BIG. Pictures don't really do it justice.
Theres a video of one of the detectors being installed on Wikipedia and it looks massive - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - I guess like everything you have to stand there yourself to get an idea of how big it is.

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Post by cath » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:42 pm

I saw Brian Cox presenting a science show a while ago, I think it was about parallel universe stuff or something - was in the same season of stuff as the Eels-guy's-dad documentary. He is quite funny, and even a physics loser like me can understand the way he explains things. He should have been my physics teacher instead of the grumpy twat at my school. Not the singer of D:Ream tho - just some keyboard monkey or so. Oh - the wiki thing says he toured with Europe! I wonder if he'll be keyboarding The Final Countdown when they switch the LHC on for proper, woo!

Eek! We're all going to die! Haha. Yer baws.

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Post by bodgers_badger » Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:08 pm

*chuckles at the thought of 'The Final Countdown' being played as it fires up*

Any Particle Physics geeks might also enjoy http://www.particlezoo.net/.

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Post by soft revolution » Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:29 am

bodgers_badger wrote:Any Particle Physics geeks might also enjoy http://www.particlezoo.net/.
They're ace! You could re-create the conditions of the LHC in fluffy form by putting a heap of them into two open bags and colliding them.

(disclaimer - may end the world, do not try this at home)
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Post by SophieC » Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:25 am

my mum is worried that the world is going to end. not because of her in depth knowledge of theoretical physics, but because the guy in charge of the experiment is welsh.

a welshman? in charge of a supercollider? WE'RE ALL DOOMED.
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Post by Trev » Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:30 pm

JamieC wrote:a welshman? in charge of a supercollider? WE'RE ALL DOOMED.
Steady on butt, it's gone to the committee.

And the committee think it's gonna be, like, well tidy.

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Post by Modern Antiquarian » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:48 pm

Anyone know what time they're pushing the button? I may have access to a secure vault...

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Post by squirrelboutique » Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:49 pm

Edit: LHC first beam webcast here- 10th September 2008 - 9am CEST (GMT+2)

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