Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Creating a universe - Day 1

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to purchase a magnetic monopole from ebay. Darker than blackness, it is now hovering, menacingly, in the corner of my living room. I have also just taken delivery of a table-top particle accelerator from dabs.com. Developed by French physicists at the Institute of Technology in Palaiseau, www.newscientisttech.com/channel/tech/dn10741-tabletop-particle-accelerator-created.html, this will enable me to bombard my magnetic monopole with energetic electrons. According to the theoretical model published last year by Nobuyuki Sakai et al, bombarding a magnetic monopole in a particle accelerator should induce the monopole to undergo inflationary expansion, creating a child universe inside the horizon of the small Reissner-Nordstrom black-hole space-time which contains the monopole. Crucially, the child universe will be created without the need for an initial singularity 'in the laboratory'. (See www.ex-christian.net/index.php?showtopic=10297 for the New Scientist article 'Create your own universe', and www.arxiv.org/PS_cache/gr-qc/pdf/0602/0602084.pdf for the academic paper).

So, over the next week, I shall be designing my universe, and fine-tuning my particle accelerator for the creation event. It will probably take me, oh, seven days before I'm ready for the grand event. I want to get my design right, because once the child universe has been created, it will disconnect from our own parent universe, the small black-hole in our universe will evaporate, and I will no longer be able to interact with my design. This is one project, therefore, which will definitely not be a triumph of development over design.

I shall let you know how my design is proceeding, and, of course, I may incorporate suggestions from others, if anyone would like to proffer some.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Superb, Gordon, posted on this.Your universe would undoubtedly be a better place if you built in some mechanism for its creator to intervene to educate and amaze its inhabitants.

Shifty Loner said...

Will you be resting on the seventh day?

Gordon McCabe said...

I believe it is traditional in these matters to rest upon the seventh day, so I shall indeed be putting my feet up this Sunday, and watching a bit of footie on Sky Sports.

Andrew said...

Fascinating, Gordon, and genuinely interesting cosmological discussions could ensue. I just feel the need to speak a word of caution regarding the dangers of a diabolical pride ensuing. The most ordinary of tedious situations such as queuing in Tesco's could lead to thoughts such as, "Don't these fools have any idea of my power? I create universes."

Gordon McCabe said...

If only I shopped at Sainsburys: they have a special 'universe-creators only' checkout there.

Andrew said...

They think of everything these days.

elberry said...

if you get to talk to your creations, you could warn them that the bad ones go to Hell. If they ask what it's like, tell them it's called Earth, and send them a copy of The Daily Mail.