There are conspiracy theorists who believe that if the Large Hadron Collider summons a black hole, it might open a gateway to Hell and allow demons to pass through. That sounds like a cheap movie, but the first part of the “script” could happen, explains scientist Martin Rees.
Martin Rees, the British cosmologist, and astrophysicist who has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and President of the Royal Society has just published a book called:
“On The Future: Prospects for Humanity”
The renowned scientist points out that the LHC might come with some hidden dangers:
“Maybe a black hole could form, and then suck in everything around it. The second scary possibility is that the quarks would reassemble themselves into compressed objects called strangelets.”
He then continues explaining that the things he just mentioned would be harmless, but there is a hypothesis according to which, by contagion, it could convert “anything else it encounters into a new form of matter, transforming the entire earth in a hyperdense sphere about one hundred meters across.”
And if that sound a little too compact, that’s not all, added Lord Rees. He explains that the vacuum is not just made out of nothingness, but it’s an arena where all the latent and unstable forces and particles in the physical world would start crashing together, triggering what some speculate it would be a “‘phase transition’ that would rip the fabric of space. This would be a cosmic calamity not just a terrestrial one.”
However, the LHC Safety Assessment Group (LSAG) stated that the collider poses no danger saying:
“Whatever the LHC will do, nature has already done many times over during the lifetime of the Earth and other astronomical bodies.”
Moreover, without the LHC, scientists wouldn’t have discovered the Higgs Boson particle in 2012 – known as the God particle, which was only thought to exist in theory when Dr. Peter Higgs wrote about it in the 1960s.
The Higgs Boson was named the vital particle that gives mass to other particles, so without it, mass wouldn’t exist.
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