I recently read an article (check it out here!) asking a very important question: is our work at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) important? For a $10 billion dollar machine, is it really worth the investment? The global economy is still on the recovery. Should we still fund the research of particle physicists when we can’t even solve the global energy crisis? I say yes. And for the same reason I think science is important.
On a large scale, our work at the LHC will define the human race for the next hundred years. This week, Earth had two close calls with extraterrestrial objects. Scientists gave us fare warning regarding DA14. As promised, the asteroid passed through our atmosphere with a harmless streak across our sky. But as we braced ourselves for the approach of this innocuous asteroid, the world watched in horror as a surprise meteor exploded over the Chelyabinsk region in Russia. These recent events are a testament as to why work CERN’s work is so important.
The fact of the matter is that our universe is expanding. This means that the geographical relationship between objects in space is constantly changing. For all we know, events like the meteor explosion in Russia may become commonplace a thousand years from now. The culprit for this accelerated expansion? Dark energy. And that is exactly what scientists at the LHC are studying. The universe is 71% dark energy and 24% dark matter. This leaves only 5% of the universe to be made of atoms, the building blocks matter. By proportionality, it would be extremely irresponsible for us as citizens of the universe if we neglected our work at the LHC. That would be like ignoring seismology even though you live in California.
And what about the technology that may spring out of CERN? We wouldn’t have blogs or the interwebs if it weren’t for scientists at CERN like Sir. Timothy Berners-Lee. Maybe we will discover elements that will be the key to perpetual energy systems. If CERN holds the key to teleportation and phaser beams, I say do it! The fact of the matter is that CERN’s research will be the key to our survival in this universe. From pure statistics, we cannot ignore the fact that we have yet to understand 95% of the universe’s composition. If survival is of the fittest, then by golly we need to be scientifically equipped to face the challenges of the future, be they from outer space or here at home. Just because we cannot see it does not mean it’s not there.