From alpha to omega, I give us 2.5 stars: An appraisal of all human accomplishment
Darrin Rose, Special to National Post Jun 24, 2012 – 7:00 AM ET | Last Updated: Jun 22, 2012 5:31 PM
Last Friday, physicists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland began analyzing data that may reveal the existence of the Higgs boson. Since no one knows what that is, they’ve given it a much sexier nickname, the God Particle. It’s the very first speck produced in the Big Bang, the thingamajig that gave all other particles mass, and allows us to, you know, exist. They’re announcing their findings July 4.
In slightly less grandiose news, Steve Carell has a new movie out called Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. It was inspired, one assumes, by the Mayan calendar’s prediction of the end of the world in 2012. And the Mayans aren’t alone — Nostradamus also predicted a 2012 wrap-up, citing the rare but exciting “death by comet.”
The beginning and the end, all in the same week, provides a nice opportunity to review what we’ve accomplished as a species in between, and ask whether or not we’ve taken full advantage of our progress...............http://life.nationalpost.com/2012/06/24 ... plishment/