Gheorghe Curelet-Balan Blog

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Beyond the tip of the iceberg.

The power of the experiment...

Theories are nice and beautiful, sometimes contradicting each others. It is the experiment though that raises them to glory or rejects them.

Sometimes the experiments are simple but when it comes to reveal the nature's deepest secrets beyond the tip of the iceberg, expensive tools are needed. One of these tools (if not the most expensive built by the human kind) is the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) that will be ready this year. It is fascinating to think about what secrets LHC will reveal. And we should not forget that the tools are those that start new technological revolutions by challenging the limits of the current technologies, as Mike Lazaridis pointed out in a PI Einsteinfest lecture. Are we on the verge of new theoretical and technological breakthroughs?

It will be interesting to find answers to some of these intriguing questions during
Nima Arkani-Hamed's today PI public lecture "Fundamental Physics in 2010".


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