Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
A little over a year ago I told a story about some friends of mine who visit the EastWing every week and the strange things they do for a living. I continue to talk to these guys ‘bout every week or so, usually on a Thursday Evening. The Thursday before the 4th of July I joined the discussion group while they were talking of an announcement that would make worldwide news on July 4th 2012. These guys were high fiving each other in their chat room. And to think, they’d let me, a little nobody from the EastWing, sit in on the discussion of an announcement of such worldwide magnitude. It made my day, I too high fived ‘em.
Below is what I wrote in May 2011 about these fellers:
Did ye ever hear ‘bout Particle Physics? Most people haven’t heard ‘bout Particle Physics, but it’s just the science of really, really, really little stuff. Stuff so small that people like me and you, well, we can’t even think that little. I’m telling ya, it’s little, really little stuff. It more little than that even.
Now there’s a whole academic and scientific world of Particle Physics Research. I just happen to know a few of these guys and I believe they all just sit around thinking up ways to demonstrate the existence of really little stuff. I found out some time back that there’re a bunch of Particle Physics Researchers who visit the East Wing on Sunday evenings and have been doing so for some time. Small world isn’t it. Pun intended.
We all know ‘bout molecules and atoms and electrons and protons and neutrons and quarks. And how each one of ‘em gets smaller as we name ‘em off. These Particle Physics Guys, they think there’s something even smaller than a quark. And that’s what they’re looking for, that little feller that makes up the quark. The thing that makes up the quark is really the smallest of the small. They’ve already gotta name for that little thing they’re looking for. They’re calling it the “God particle”. They think it’s the original building block of everything, that God particle.
The way these guys told me ‘bout this God Particle, it’s sorta like making something out of Lego’s. Ya start with the smallest piece first and build it bigger. Seems to me, these Particle Physics Guys, these friends of mine, they’re kinda looking for that first Lego so they can build a universe. “Course I’m paraphrasing what these guys told me, ‘cause they didn’t talk ‘bout Lego’s. But I’m sure me and you both can relate better to Lego’s than we can to quarks.
I already knew there’re six types of quarks, and that they’re known as flavors. I don’t know why they’re called flavors, they just are. it not like ya can taste ‘em or anything like that, ‘cause they’re way, way too small to taste. So anyways, they’re named up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom. Now up and down quarks have the lowest masses of all quarks. The heavier quarks rapidly change into up and down quarks through a process of particle decay. It’s the transformation from a higher mass state to a lower mass state through a process that’s called particle decay.
It’s kinda like if ya put a log on a fire and burn it, and it then becomes ashes. It went from a heaver mass state to a less dense mass state. Wood(charm quarks) to ashes(down quarks). Because of this, up and down quarks are generally stable and the most common in the universe, whereas charm, strange, top, and bottom quarks can only be produced in high energy collisions. Bumping really small stuff together at or near the speed of light. Hence the term “atom smasher”.
It must be important to find this thing smaller than quarks, ‘cause in Switzerland, in the mountains, a 17 mile tunnel has been dug inside the Swiss Alps. It’s a doughnut tunnel, that 17 miles under the mountains. Its purpose is to create a machine that can shoot electrons toward each other in the tunnel and see what happens when they hit. It’s thought that when these particles are accelerated toward the speed of light, when they bump into each other and all the parts break away in the collision, maybe, just maybe, they can detect something they’ve never seen before. A “God particle” on the other side of the doughnut, when they bump.
I think maybe this God particle is kinda like what happens when your fender goes flying sideways if ya should be unfortunate enough to be in an accident inside a 17 mile doughnut tunnel underneath the Swiss Alps when ya hit someone head on going the other way. I’m glad these guys chose “God particle” rather than flying fender. It sure sounds a lot more scientific than flying fender particle.
Now if this sounds like I’m just telling ya stories, I’m not. It’s called the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and it’s located at the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. We’ve got one of these circles where ya shoot really little bullets toward each other right here in the USA Just outside New York City at the Brookhaven National Laboratory. They do this type research, there at Brookhaven National Laboratory , just outside New York City, ‘cept they don’t have as big a circle. I think their circle’s only ‘bout 12 miles. It’s kinda like dirt track racing, and the Indianapolis 500
I’ve never heard anybody really explain what they’re gona do with it when they find the God Particle, ‘cept look for something even smaller. Guess ya just build a 25 mile doughnut tunnel, squeeze the trigger and hope they bump together on the other side of the doughnut.
Ya know the hardest part ‘bout the atom smashing business is making sure they hit head on, else if they miss by an atom, oh well. Reload the gun and pop off another round, I guess. I don’t think those guns are 6 shooters.
As smart as these guys are when it comes to talking ‘bout particle physics, much all the other stuff in life, they don’ know sic ‘em. Right in the mist of me getting a detailed explanation of particle physics, I blew the guys away when, just out of the clear blue sky, I asked “do any of you fellers know how to milk a cow?” We all fell down laughing. Nobody did, except me.
Two of the four had never even seen a real cow in person, only in pictures. They all knew that milk did come from an animal, and not from a box, or plastic jug. Which is smarter than some. These Particle Physics friends of mine, smart and dumb at the same time. Can’t even milk a cow. I love these guys.
Then on July 4th 2012, these same guys announce to the world that they’ve been able to demonstrate this God Particle. Yep, they bumped ‘em together on the other side of the doughnut and this Holy Grail of things little popped up on their radar, just like they thought it would. I’m joking about the radar, ‘cause I don’t have a clue how these guys measure this God Particle thing, but I’m sure it’s not radar.
Now there’s just one catch to this whole deal, the catch is, The God Particle life cycle is short. Really, really short, in fact, so short that it’s difficult to even comprehend. It’s total life cycle, birth to death, exists only for a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second.
It don’t matter who ya are, that’s a short time slice. Nothing you can think of is that short. Nothing I can think of is that short. We just have to take these guys word for that a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second being right. We just do, ‘cause my stop watch is not that precise, and even NASCAR can’t measure that time at the finish line. And everybody knows that NASCAR has (had) the best timing clock in the whole world.
Now I already told ya that my Particle Physics friends are kinda quare when it comes to many things. Like they don’t even know how to milk a cow, but when it comes to measuring time, well, a billionth of a billionth of a billionth of a second, and they can measure that, are these guys kinda cool or what? I’m so glad I know these fellers. Guess I can say I’ve got friends in small places.
The God Particle, perhaps it was just time that we, the children of God, receive another little gift from the Father. After all, somebody had to create this little tiny thing my friends call the “God Particle”.
Stay safe in Afghanistan.
From The EastWing, The God Particle, A new gift From God
I wish you well,