~e; Fwd: particular acceleration
brian carroll <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sat, 1 Sep 2001 23:04:03 -0800
this short newsbit is interesting for several reasons:
1- research which is testing the scientific ideas about the
beginning of the universe, in the artifact of a electromagnetic
2- i have a vague memory of somewhere reading or hearing (may have
been from a S. Hawking lecture at the University of Minnesota) that
the universe was created by a master particle, at some point, if
things were reversed. an egg/plenum concept, not sure. but, that
particles 'birth' other particles, as the accelerator's scattershot
3- the artistic aspect of the science. personally, i find there is
much meaning in a particle accelerator photo, although as abstract as
many works are today, and as subjective, given the fuzziness of
knowledge. i am uncertain where the boundary lies between the imaes
on this site and 'art', and electronic art at that. in terms of
meaning, that is. cultural awareness. facts. debatable. but the
aesthetics and the consistency amongst accelerators and their output
(photographs) is like seeing recurring symbols used in early
civilization. (see symbols.com or .org for the best outline of such).
4- that a building, housing a machine that is a particle
accelerator, or many even, is off the cultural map, when it is doing
work that is defining the reality we exist within. wishing there was
some way to acknowledge the importance of such places, as they are
educational. yet, when visiting Lawrence Berkeley Labs and seeing one
of their machines, an accelerator, there was not much to see, really.
it was about 'thinking about' what the machine was doing, more than
seeing it. such as hearing that a machine, somewhere in its innards,
uses magnets to hold a particle in place, for experiments. just that
idea makes me have to sit down and contemplate what is missing from
the separation of scientific from cultural knowledge. if these two
could be brought together, an education about the present seems a
possibility, where students may tour such facilities, such as telecom
and power and media facilities, and understand both the science and
culture, and have the experience presented as such, to raise
awareness of the important cultural aspects of the sci-tech that are
largely unacknowledged in general education. ...~e.org
From Wired News, available online at: (see URL for imagery)
Striking Gold at Speed of Light
Wired News Report
2:00 a.m. Aug. 30, 2001 PDT
Physicists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory are on a roll.
Last week, an international team of scientists working with one of the
lab's particle accelerators announced they had made a batch of
"doubly strange" particles.
Just weeks earlier, another group said it is very close to recreating
the conditions of the earliest universe.
Run by the Department of Energy, the lab in Long Island, New York,
operates nearly two dozen particle accelerators of varying sizes.
One of the largest, the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC),
recently started operating at full energy. At the same time, the
sensitivity of its detectors, or eyes, have been significantly
The results can be seen in the beautifully intricate images above,
which show the paths of subatomic particles after gold ions are
smashed together at nearly the speed of light.
Scientists hope that by smashing ions together, the collider will
recreate the conditions of the earliest universe, when matter's
elemental particles, which are normally bound together, floated
freely in a hot, dense "quark-gluon plasma."
"It is difficult to know how the resulting insights will change and
influence our technology, or even our views about nature," said
Thomas Kirk, an associate lab director at Brookhaven. "But history
suggests there will be changes, and some may be profound."
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