Law Vs Law

A silly lawsuit vs the search for physical law, that is. What’s the story?* An attempt to stop the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva from operating over fears that the experiment will destroy the earth by creating a black hole that will swallow it up. Or some other bogeyman. Article by Dennis Overbye here, or here, and there’s a Fox News story by Paul Wagenseil here.

The lawsuit, filed March 21 in Federal District Court, in Honolulu, seeks a temporary restraining order prohibiting CERN from proceeding with the accelerator until it has produced a safety report and an environmental assessment. It names the federal Department of Energy, the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the National Science Foundation and CERN as defendants.

Quite an entertaining read can also be found at the two plaintiffs’ website. The main page is here, and the actual language of the case brought (er, in Hawaii) against the LHC is here.

I know, you’re thinking this is a few days too early isn’t it? No, this is not an April Fool’s joke – you just can’t make this stuff up as well as this.

I can’t bring myself to get worked up about this, so the short version of my opinion? It’s wrong-headed, silly, alarmist nonsense. Carry on as you were – there’s nothing to see here.

[Update: Phil over at Bad Astronomy had some nice thoughts on this, with some accessible background information. Have a look.]

-cvj

(*Thanks Elliot, Krzysztof, and Nick.)

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