An Indian Civilizational Perspective

New Dimensions: Will the new Hadron accelerator change our world?

Arkani-Hamed.jpgSwitzerland’s Large Hadron Collider – cost between $5-10 billion – will be ready this year and the world may never be same again.

The believers in the many dimension explanation for Quantum Physics are increasing. And there is some belief – if not acceptance – for the String theory. There are are many who now believe that there might be 11 dimensions to this creation.

Einstein made one spacetime continuum and we already had 3 space dimension. So how will these dimensions look like? One way to understand is to understand how you understand something. Lets take a product – like marketers do – and assess it on 5 dimensions: User Friendliness; Features; Quality; Cost; Looks. Some would give a score of 5, 6, 3, 6, 4 on a scale of 10. So that is akin to how we find the coordinates of something on the 3 space dimensions and the time dimension.

Nima Arkani-Hamed is a particle physicist in his mid 30s who is depending heavily on the this new accelerator to test his theory of 11 dimensions. Lisa Randall, the author of “Warped Passages” is also keeping a close tab on this thing coming.

Will our understanding of our creation change by end of this year? Who knows. Maybe in a few years we will come close to seeing our world in a new light and dimensions. Maybe instead of just traveling in the old 3 dimensions that we have always.. we might start to work on vehicles that move across those new dimensions… and they maybe able to solve our gas problems 😉

Wishful thinking? Well.. such high gas prices are surely hallucinating!

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