Our understanding of science is constantly evolving as we discover new methods of finding facts and proving – or disproving – previous theories. One theory that is popular among the masses is that of the Big Bang. This theory is the belief that the entire Universe as we know it was developed from an explosion of immense proportions, releasing everything from cosmic dust to the molecules in the water you use for your morning tea.
Based near Geneva in Switzerland is the Large Hadron Collider, which is thelargest particle accelerator ever built by humankind. This device smashes particles into each other at nearly the speed of light. The result is an instant detonation of material that is scattered about and then detected by seven sensors calibrated to collect data never seen before by humankind. Theoretically, physicists believe that they can even create microscopic black holes with the LHC that would only survive for micro-fractions of a second.
Do We Exist in a Particle Accelerator?
During these experiments, a great deal of creation has been accomplished. The Large Hadron Collider has even been responsible for creating quark-gluon plasma, the densest material known to exist outside of a black hole itself. If you consider the theories surrounding that of the Big Bang, there are some similarities between that and the developments of the LHC.
Time is Relative…to Gravity
It is theorized that time is greatly altered by the gravity of a black hole. The closer you approach one of these all-consuming monsters, the slower time will become. This theory is reinforced by the fact that orbiting satellites have to update their clocks due to the minute discrepancies in time between spacial orbit and the gravity that affects clocks on Earth. Although these changes are infinitesimally small, they could eventually cause GPS location to fail if they are not corrected. Could there be a measure of time alteration that happens within the Hadron Collider that we are unable to detect? While it’s certainly feasible to theorize since we have created quark-gluon plasma, we simply don’t have the means to discover such an occurrence. If the density of the Earth could alter time in such a fashion, couldn’t this plasma substance do so as well on a much larger scale? What about the particles that we are unable to detect?
When the particles are striking each other at close to the speed of light, a very brief moment exists where matter and other particles are formed and then destabilize. If a gravitational event could happen inside one of these experiments, could a decelerated bubble of time exist? What could seem like milliseconds to us could seem like billions of years inside this bubble.
Although we have advanced greatly over the centuries, can we assume that our level of advancement allows us to see particles smaller than ever before conceived? Perhaps there are elements that are produced on such a small scale that we would never see them. Could these particles scatter outward and create larger objects, matter and the beginnings of life? If a time bubble such as the one mentioned earlier were to form, isn’t it possible that billions of years of evolution in this micro-universe could pass before it destabilized in our reality?
Universe in a Bottle
One of the most prominent questions that is proposed to scientists that embrace the Big Bang theory is, “what banged in order to create everything?” Unfortunately, we may never know the answer to this question. However, couldn’t we theorize that our existence could be the result of two particles striking each other at nearly the speed of light in order to create various forms of matter? Essentially, that is exactly what scientists are currently doing in CERN with the Large Hadron Collider. They are smashing particles together in order to unravel some of the mysteries of physics while scattering micro-particles about the area.
Limitations of Speed
While it may be absurd to think of our existence inside some miniature, time-dilated version of a universe inside a similar collider, could there be some kind of truth behind the aspect? If the Big Bang was the product of two particles striking each other, where did those particles come from? Perhaps the Big Bang is the difference between collisions at close to the speed of light and those that are at the speed of light.
Science has greatly evolved over the last 500 years. Constant discoveries have disproven old-world beliefs time and again. Most notably is the fact that the planet is not flat and our solar system is but one of billions in this galaxy alone. Could a theory that we exist in a sort of time-decelerated micro universe inside a Hadron Collider be as farfetched as other theories and beliefs that roam freely across the planet? The truth is, we may never know how the universe truly began – but it is fun to theorize about the beginning of existence.
This is a guest post from Ken Myers, who is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.