Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nuclear Physics Making Leap Forward

Geneva, 10 September 2008, 10h28 :
Nuclear physics made a great leap forward when the world's most powerful particle accelerator was activated for the first time. The first beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN was successfully steered around the full 27 kilometres cycle intended to examine the behaviour of subatomic sized particles at a very high speed approaching the velocity of light.
"This historic event marks a key moment in the transition from over two decades of preparation to a new era of scientific discovery."

A popular view on the experiments to be taken now describes them as an examination of what had happened on a subatomic level during the so-called "big bang" that brought the universe into being.

Islamic Cosmology
and Nuclear Physics
علم الكون الإسلامي و علم الذرّات

The Arabic website of Al-Jazeera (September 6 edition) now discussed the acceptance of such big bang theory among the followers of Islam and comes to the following conclusion:

When it comes to the creation of the universe, the Holy Koran isn't far away from modern scientific views. The primary existence of all physical matter as a cloud of gas is mentioned in some hidden parts of the Koran as well as the separation of planets from that kind of concentrated gas in a process that might be called a big bang. Here are two essential phrases serving as a prove:

41:11 And [11] He [Allah it is who] applied His design to the skies, which were [yet but] smoke [i.e. gas]; [12] and He [Allah it is who] said to them and to the earth, “Come [into being], both of you, willingly or unwillingly!” - to which both responded, “We do come in obedience.” [13]
ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى إِلَى السَّمَاء وَهِيَ دُخَانٌ فَقَالَ لَهَا وَلِلْأَرْضِ اِئْتِيَا طَوْعًا أَوْ كَرْهًا قَالَتَا أَتَيْنَا طَائِعِينَ

21:30 ARE, THEN, they who are bent on denying the truth not aware that the heavens and the earth were [once] one single entity, which We then parted asunder? [in a kind of initial act] – [38] and [that] We made out of water every living thing? Will they not, then, [begin to] believe? [39]
َوَلَمْ يَرَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَنَّ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ كَانَتَا رَتْقًا فَفَتَقْنَاهُمَا وَجَعَلْنَا مِنَ الْمَاء كُلَّ شَيْءٍ حَيٍّ أَفَلَا يُؤْمِنُونَ

As the prophet Muhammad was most interested in the "sciences of man and god", including medicine and the natural sciences, those sciences finally flourished in a mediaeval Islamic society and influenced contemporary European scientists at a very high degree.

Let there be music .....
Even though, the LHC is down for the next two months (September 19), lets listen to The Large Hadron Rap to get the knowledge.

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