Friday, February 8, 2008
The world's first time machine?
It seems that scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) based in Geneva, Switzerland, are preparing for a series of "atom-smashing" tests later this year. They aim to recreate conditions in the first billionth of a second after the "Big Bang". This, they hope, will shed light on the origins of the universe.
So far, so good. However, two researchers at Moscow's Steklov Mathematical Institute, Irina Arefeva and Igor Volovich, are warning that the energy produced by this experiment could "open the doorway to visitors from the future". They fear that a "wormhole", or "time tunnel" between the future and the past, might be created.
A scientist at CERN has described their theory as "nothing more than a good science fiction story", but the Russians are sticking to their guns.
Of course, being neither a nuclear physicist nor a mathematician, yours truly can't comment on the validity of their fears.
However, I shall be able to demonstrate in due course whether or not they're real.
If you see readers commenting on a post on this blog before I've posted it . . . odds are that time travel has arrived!