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by DCWhitworth
Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Controversial topics
Topic: Mental illness
Replies: 180
Views: 48739

Re: Mental illness

Wow, a lot of posts in a short time. Well I'll just have a little ramble of my own. :D What is 'mental illness' for a start ? It's certainly not a binary thing. Certainly there are people who are obviously mentally ill, and people who obviously aren't, but in between there is a great swathe of grey ...
by DCWhitworth
Fri Dec 04, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Controversial topics
Topic: Several biggest errors of particle physicists.
Replies: 1135
Views: 227500

Re: Several biggest errors of particle physicists.

You need independent verification. Someone independent needs to verify your work. Validate your research. Check your results... You will have -zero- respect until you have someone check it. I wrote hundreds of personal letters to scientists. But I did not received any reasonable answer from them, e...
by DCWhitworth
Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: Controversial topics
Topic: Several biggest errors of particle physicists.
Replies: 1135
Views: 227500

Re: Several biggest errors of particle physicists.

I give the following probabilities: A. 10% - magnetic collapse will start at 0.45 TeV; B. 50% - magnetic collapse will start at 3.5 TeV, if A did not happen; C. 70% - magnetic collapse will start at 7 TeV, if B did not happen. 30% I leave to my mistake. 10% chance over what period ? Given that the ...
by DCWhitworth
Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:40 pm
Forum: The Accelerator
Topic: What sort of noise does the worlds largest machine make?
Replies: 11
Views: 2639

Re: What sort of noise does the worlds largest machine make?

Lexa wrote:You cannot be near the accelerators while they are working because of radioactivity.
Some form of Quantum Zen theory then ? If a collider bashes particles together, but no one is there to hear it does it make a noise ?
by DCWhitworth
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:06 pm
Forum: The Accelerator
Topic: 12/2/09 power loss and many systems down
Replies: 25
Views: 10651

Re: *** MAJOR power loss and many systems down

I love this entry in hte LHCb Logbook from the time of the power loss. Someone's keen for a break it seems !

18 kV drop on the Meyrin site....
6 LHC sectors tripped.
I guess this will give some rest.
by DCWhitworth
Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: The Accelerator
Topic: What sort of noise does the worlds largest machine make?
Replies: 11
Views: 2639

Re: What sort of noise does the worlds largest machine make?

March_Hare wrote: (But I agree that it's a nice mental picture: a whine that gets ever louder and higher when LHC starts accelerating particles to higher and higher energies.) :lol:
That would probably be the Tin Foil Hat Brigade ;)
by DCWhitworth
Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:29 pm
Forum: The Accelerator
Topic: What sort of noise does the worlds largest machine make?
Replies: 11
Views: 2639

Re: What sort of noise does the worlds largest machine make?

Surely the collisions can't make any sound since they occur in a vacuum ?
by DCWhitworth
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: The Accelerator
Topic: Old Breaking news 11/30-12/2/09
Replies: 20
Views: 8060

Re: *** Breaking news ***

They've had ALICE and ATLAS powered up most of the afternoon, but I've not seen any signs of them ramping up the beam power at all.

I've got two screens on my PC at work. The secondary one is normally dedicated to server monitoring, it's currently dedicated to LHC monitoring ! :D