Gravity’s Rainbow or the End of the World?

The Daily Mail, a tabloid which is the UK’s s second biggest-selling daily newspaper, never hesitates to report on things in a way that other newspapers might not. True to their traditions, they’ve got this attention-grabbing headline: Are scientists about to discover a parallel universe? Large Hadron Collider to be powered up for incredible experiment.

Actually, a parallel universe isn’t that odd. Creationists live in one — or they think they do. But that’s not the subject of the Daily Mail‘s story. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

It has found the ‘God particle’, but the Large Hadron Collider could soon detect a parallel universe. It’s believed the ‘atom smasher’ at Cern in Geneva will be turned up to its highest levels next week in a bid to detect miniature black holes, which are considered a key sign of a ‘multiverse’. The experiment may alarm critics who fear the LHC could bring about the end of the world, but scientists [conducting?] the ground-breaking experiment [say it?] could transform our understanding of the universe.

That last sentence seems to be missing a few words, so we tried to make some sense of it. Then we’re told:

‘Just as many parallel sheets of paper, which are two dimensional objects (breath and length) can exist in a third dimension (height), parallel universes can also exist in higher dimensions’ Cern employee Mir Faizal from the University of Waterloo told Dailymail.com. ‘We predict that gravity can leak into extra dimensions, and if it does, then miniature black holes can be produced at the LHC.’

Faizal tries to clarify things:

He said: ‘Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualised. ‘This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science. ‘This is not what we mean by parallel universes. ‘What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions,’ ZME Science reported.

Are you following this, dear reader? Good. Let’s read on:

In March, Professor Faizal and his team calculated the energy at which they expect to detect mini black holes in gravity’s rainbow.

You’re probably puzzled about “gravity’s rainbow.” Wikipedia has an article on it which may (or may not) be helpful: Rainbow Gravity theory. They say it’s very controversial, and that “Scientists are currently attempting to detect Rainbow Gravity using the Large Hadron Collider.” The Daily Mail continues:

‘If we do detect mini black holes at this energy, then we will know that both gravity’s rainbow and extra dimensions are correct,’ he explained.

Fair enough. But what about the tabloid’s earlier mention of critics who are alarmed that this could bring about the end of the world? Surprisingly, the Daily Mail doesn’t discuss that. That’s no problem. With all the crazy websites we visit, we’re almost certain to find something on it.

Anyway, the experiment is supposed to happen next week. If the world ends, it’s been fun being your Curmudgeon. We’ll probably meet again in the Lake of Fire.

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10 responses to “Gravity’s Rainbow or the End of the World?

  1. If they do discover the mini black holes they are looking for the DI will happily announce how this was predicted by ID and how it confirms ID.

  2. I’m not sure what’s worse about the Daily Mail article: the science or the writing? As to Dooms Day haven’t we heard this before?

  3. cnocspeireag

    Many think Daily Mail readers exist in a parallel universe, or at least in their own little worlds.

  4. “Good night and thanks for all the fish.”

  5. Richard Bond

    The maximum mass of a black hole that might be produced in the LHC at its maximum 14TeV (mainstream theory suggests that it is impossible) can easily be calculated:

    14×10^12=mc^2/q

    This is many orders of magnitude below the mass at which a black hole would almost immediately evaporate. This could not bring about the end of the world. In any case, proton-proton collisions several orders of magnitude more than the LHC can accomplish regularly take place between cosmic rays and the upper atmosphere. I believe that I am still here.

  6. Gravity rainbow is a hoax. It was an April Fool’s hoax on Facebook. I don’t know if the Daily Maile is in on it or not but there is no such thing as gravity rainbow theory.

  7. Actually, the “many-worlds” hypothesis is supported by a great many scientists, who are disturbed by the so-called “observer effect” in the Copenhagen interpretation.

    And it may, in fact, be testable after all: so-called quantum computers, if they can be built, would exploit them to do huge numbers of calculations simultaneously. If such alternate universes do not exist, quantum computers probably won’t work. (There are suggestions that such devices might create their own parallel universes lasting only tiny fractions of a second in order to work, but if anything that’s less testable than the familiar MWH.)

  8. Those last 2 quotes look amazingly similar. Was that intentional or was another quote meant for the last spot?

  9. Guy Markey observes: “Those last 2 quotes look amazingly similar.”

    How embarrassing! I don’t remember what the second quote was supposed to be, so I divided the first quote into two parts. Thanks for letting me know.