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A Story of Black Holes

Love the closing paragraph to this weekend’s Times story on the dangers of a new particle collider creating a black hole that could eventually eat the earth: “Dr. Arkani-Hamed said concerning worries about the death of the Earth or universe, ‘Neither has any merit.’ He pointed out that because of the dice-throwing nature of quantum physics, there was some probability of almost anything happening. There is some minuscule probability, he said, ‘the Large Hadron Collider might make dragons that might eat us up.'”

Interestingly enough, David Schatsky pointed to it on the merits of its opening sentences (“More fighting in Iraq. Somalia in chaos. People in this country can’t afford their mortgages and in some places now they can’t even afford rice.”), which referenced the other front page stories of the day.

March 31, 2008