Last September 2008 I wrote a post about the Large Hadron Collider, which was about to be turned on. Scientists all over the world were very excited since the 17-mile circular tunnel will hurl protons around in opposite directions (near the speed of light) then make them collide with each other.
For some reason the physicists involved believe they will be recreating the special conditions of the early universe during “Big Bang.” If everything goes right, they hope that during their experiments they will be able to discover the Higgs particle (boson). So far, the Higgs particle is only a theoretical particle but proving its existence is critical to current theories concerning the origin of mass in matter.
When they first turned the Hadron Collider on, there was a malfunction. A second malfunction occurred when a bird (they think) somehow dropped a piece of bread into the expensive ($4 billion) apparatus.
Well, the rumor is that the bugs have finally been worked out and the Hadron collider will be turned back on tonight. The actual “smashing” of the atomic particles will not take place until February 2010. They are proceeding cautiously.
Many scientists believe that if the experiment ultimately fails to deliver a Higgs particle they will have to return to the drawing table and re-evaluate their current assumptions about physics. So the stakes are high (financially and intellectually).
I predict that the experiment will fail to deliver the goods.
I have an alternate theory, which challenges the notion that the physical universe has its origins in a physical principle. I have even written a book, Proving God, to offer evidence that the physical universe has its origins in a spiritual principle.
It is beyond the scope of this blog post to convince you that science and God can be unified. Furthermore, it makes sense to see first what fruits (if any) the Hadron Collider presents to scientists. So I will simply wait patiently for the results this February (or whenever they are released) and get back to you with another post.
If the Hadron Collider is successful in February, you won’t have to concern yourself with my new book, which will be available a month later.
I hope you will keep following this unfolding drama. The question of the origin of the universe is an important one and has profound consequences for our belief systems.