CERN Scientist Reassures That Black Hole Will Not Destroy the Human Race

I had the opportunity to interview CERN scientist and visiting professor Dr. Mir Faizal from the University of Waterloo on the controversial subject of black holes, using the Hadron Collider to create them, and future discoveries.

1. What is a black hole?

The black hole is an object whose gravity is so strong that nothing can escape its gravity. These objects have very interesting properties. For example, if your friend decides to commit suicide by going inside a black hole. Guess when you (sitting outside) will see him cross the black hole. Actually, you will actually never see him get inside the black hole. You will only see him slow down as he approaches it. This is because for you (sitting outside), it takes an infinite amount of time for your friend to cross the black hole, but for him (travelling towards a black hole) it only takes a finite amount of time to go inside a black hole.

2. What is the Large Hadron Collider at CERN ? What does it do?

It is the largest particle collider in the world, and it collides particles at very high energy. It comprises of a tunnel 27 kilometres in circumference which lies on the France-Switzerland border near Geneva, Switzerland. This way we know what are the laws of physics that describe the nature at those energies.

3. What are some future ideas that might be tested that are important for scientific progress or discovery that can be made?

There are various things that could be detected. These could include new particles, including possibly a particle for dark matter. Extra dimensions can also be detected and one of the most interesting things that can be detected is that mini black holes can exist. We also expect such detections can conform —> Read More