Sunday, July 20, 2008

We are officially colder than outer space!

We've finally made it, and word is out-

Cern lab goes 'colder than space'

Certain evidence that there's plenty of room at the bottom, albeit a different kind than his surmise. The only glitch- it takes 27 km of just a little painful electrical circuitry, vacuum plumbing etc etc and 5-7 trillions of electron volts only, to reach 1.9 K (For the uninitiated, the kelvin, eponymous with Lord Kelvin, is the fundamental SI unit for temperature measurement and each signifies the 273.16th fraction of the the thermodynamic temperature at the triple point of water at atmospheric pressure). All this in a bid to hopefully recreate, at sub-atomic scales, what supposedly happened during the Big Bang.

Now Surely, you must've been joking, Mr. Feynman!

For everything else, congrats folks and wish you luck!

Interesting find from the article - Higgs boson, a.k.a "God particle"


maneesh said...

what can i say bs?!

just stumbled across your blog when i was looking up some other stuff. i must say that the the good old legendary powers of being able to sit on the sofa, stare at a dot on the ceiling for hours and contemplate the meaning of life don't seem to have dulled one bit!!


- maneesh

maneesh said...

the last comment is of course unconnected with what you have posted; i just chose to write here because it was the latest post...

cheers again!