Our current understanding of the limits of physics still “shaky”.
The earth could be reduced to 100 m in diameter, if the experiments with the particle accelerator would fail, warn astronomers. Experiments with particles when atoms are divided into quarks, can cause a chain reaction of fatal character, says Professor Martin Rees.
Our planet is in danger of becoming super-dense celestial body with the size of only 100 m in diameter. Such a scenario is possible in the case that the experiments of scientists, and in particular, to operate the particle accelerator, will start a catastrophic chain of events. In his recent book “the future: prospects of mankind,” Professor Martin Rees describes the existential threats facing the planet, including climate change, the threat of nuclear war and artificial intelligence.
Martin Rees is convinced that scientists conducting the experiments, in which atoms are split into quarks, such as protons and neutrons can theoretically destroy humanity.
“At the place our planet may form a black hole, which after a while will start to suck all around, – he writes. – “The other scary possibility is that the quarks will gather again in a short objects called strangelets (strangelet – straplike or “odd drop” – a hypothetical object consisting of a “strange matter” formed by the hadrons containing “strange” quarks – News.ru)”.
The Professor says that in itself the formation of straples harmless. However, according to some hypotheses, may straplike by infecting transform all faces into a new form of matter. “And that’s when our planet and waiting for transformation into an ultra-dense sphere about one hundred meters in diameter,” says the Professor.
There is a third risk from particle accelerators such as the Large hadron Collider at CERN is the violation of the vacuum. “The empty space, which physicists call the vacuum, is more than just nothing. This is the arena for everything that happens. In him are hidden all the forces and particles that govern the physical world. The present vacuum could be fragile and unstable, says Rice. – There is a version that the concentrated energy created when the collision of particles, can cause “phase transition”, which will tear the fabric of space. It would be a disaster General space, not just earth.” However, Professor Rice noted that the particles with much higher energy than those created in particle accelerators are often confronted in the galaxy without losing the space.
Scientist warns that our current understanding of the limits of physics still “shaky”, and it would be “presumptuous” to rule out the possibility of global catastrophe. This does not mean, however, that you must abandon the experiment, said Fig.
“Innovations is often dangerous, but if we refuse the risk, we can reject the benefits, he says. Nevertheless, physicists must be careful in performing experiments that create conditions that have no precedent, even if we are talking about experiments in space.”