Sorry I haven’t written for a while…Been a bit all over the place.
Listeners to my Planet Rock show will know about the weekly science spot, well next Sunday I have a treat for you if you do..
This morning I finally got to talk to Brian Cox, one of the physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN…(He also used to play keyboards for D-Ream, so in his case, I guess things really did get better..)
Holy shitting Christ..What a DUDE!! He managed to talk about mind-meltingly hugely profound physics concepts with a clarity and simplicity that has to be heard to be believed.
(What’s more he does it in a seductively lilting Mancunian accent, more Johnny Marr than Liam Gallagher if you know what I mean, and he’s got a cooler haircut than either of them to boot..)
What the good folk at CERN are about to attempt is simply astonishing. On Sept 10th, they will have cooled down the 27km particle accelerator to 2 degrees above absolute zero…That’s colder than the space between galaxies..They will then start firing protons at each other at 99.999% of the speed of light in order to recreate the conditions in the Universe ONE BILLIONTH OF A SECOND after the Big Bang!!!!!!
The idea is to find the so far elusive Higg’s Bosun, the so-called ‘God’ particle that give things mass, and try to detect why we can’t detect dark matter…I was going into an ecstatic spin listening to him talk about this stuff, and it was all I could do to not jump off my chair shouting “Yippeee!“
He also does it with a keenness and humour that is utterly captivating, and makes me bitterly regret having dropped out of Physics at school. (Although to be fair I blame my Physics teacher’s excruciatingly long winded and tedious experiments verifying Hooke’s Law for that..)
Physics is the big daddy of all the sciences, and right now it’s on the verge of breakthroughs that are beyond immense, like Biology in Darwin’s time I expect. In terms of making Physics sexy, appealing and accessible someone like Brian is worth a thousand Stephen Hawkings, and needs to be celebrated as such.
We’ve had Comedy as the new Rock’n’Roll, well let’s make the next one particle physics!
Also, some of the scientists have done a rap!! It’s actually a brilliantly simple explanation of what they’re up to..
It will certainly be better than last weeks show, which was plagued with mishaps, and I can only apologise to my guest Chris Spedding for the shambles…