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.
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.]
(*Thanks Elliot, Krzysztof, and Nick.)
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