Vatican visits CERN's Big Bang machine

CTV: Vatican visits CERN’s Big Bang machine

…Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo… spoke a day after visiting the laboratory beneath the Swiss-French border and receiving a crash course in particle physics from Edward Witten, a professor at the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, at the forefront of attempts to unify Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity with quantum mechanics.

CERN’s atom smasher, the world’s largest, is seen as vital in this quest. Physicists hope soon to use the US$10-billion machine to smash protons from hydrogen atoms crash into each other at high energy, record what particles are produced and gain a better idea of the makeup of the universe and everything in it…

…“The Church never fears the truth of science, because we are convinced that all truth comes from God,” Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, Vatican City’s governor, said Thursday in Geneva.

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