Originally Posted by poorTrader02
You really think if they thought that was what would happen they'd turn this thing on? Have you even read the safety reports?
Who among us is qualified to have any opinion on the safety of the Large Hadron Collider anyways?
Oppenhiemer was astounded at the amount of destruction the first atomic bomb did--it greatly exceeded their expectations for how big the bang would be for the mass and size--they greatly underestimated its destructive power.. Additionally--there was even a concern that was acknowledged among his own scientists working on the Project of the possibility that the detonation would set fire to the upper atmosphere of the planet.. Those were some concerns and the bomb exceeded their predictions and did far worse then they could have imagined--you think they would have done it had they known for sure how it would go?
Additionally during a basic start up test of the equipment at the collider some of the super conducting magnets failed under the basic stress of a partial test back in the spring...and it set them back a couple of months as they had to re-figure out the problem. Those scientists who built and designed this for these experiments did the math and calculations for the equipment too--and they were wrong and underestimated the forces--so you HAVE to ask the question--if they got that wrong--what else did they get wrong??
I doubt they will blow up the world or anything will really be freaky and happen--I mean they are merely smashing a couple of Atoms together at the speed of light--like the folks on the Manhatten Project first thought--how much damage can a couple of Atoms do..
But the point is--who knows exactly what will happen...and how can ANY safety report for such a financially burdened project be trusted as flawless to have considered every possible aspect and the true risk factors without having done a ton of testing with the thing yet. Its not like inexperienced Walmart working NUTJOBS are raising the concern enough to file lawsuits in two countries to halt the experiment until more testing & research can be done--they are bretheren fellow scientists who also have huge professional educations and knowledge are the ones trying to raise concern...
We'll see what happens... It will either be a 17mile super-colliding success or a waste of billions and billions of dollars on a giant donut...