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Should We know everything about everything?
|by Dr. Varanasi Ramabrahmam|
The following narration is a small story which I have read as a prescribed lesson in my II or III class. I am very much fascinated by the wisdom it contains and always cherish its recollection. That story I will present below together with its relevance to modern times as I feel and understand. The story is as follows:
Even though I am a student and teacher of physics, and myself am engaged in scientific research, somehow I am not much enthused with the attempts of the scientists who are currently trying to created conditions of situation just before Big Bang at CERN at the borders of Switzerland and France near Geneva. There is a Large Hadron Collider facility spread over 27 KM underground to conduct this experiment. A week back they have successfully conducted the first part by making high energy protons travel in opposite directions. They are looking for the generation of Higgs boson, the building block of matter. The next experiment is to make them collide.
For sometime the facility is down because of development of a snag. And it took two years for its repair. And now, in the proverbial way as digging mountain to catch the rat; this gigantic and most expensive experiment after completion a few weeks back did not in any way end in knowing about the hadron or God’s particle; but just saying, even not with certainty, that sometimes neutrino is capable of moving faster than light. They could not know anything about big-bang theory or origin of the universe when this experiment is finally over.
Somehow I feel is it necessary that we should conduct this sort of experiments? Not that I am afraid that the conduct of the experiment leads to a catastrophe. But no one really knows what happens after the conduct of the experiment. They are only enamored that they understand the conditions before Big Bang clearly.
The origin of the universe is zillions and zillions of years old. And that could not be known even remotely with this experiment. And the study of theories of modern cosmology sound as mythical as our mythological stories. No one clearly knows what is what. We respect modern physicists and cosmologists who proposed those theories and they are more confusing than clear. Should we know every thing about everything?
I know that this is not in the spirit of science or furthering of knowledge. Can not we curb our thirst for knowledge? I do not know.
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