Fear and Loathing and Science

Season 3  |  Episode 6

The Large Hadron Collider and the End of the World

In this episode, a physicist looks back at the concerns that swirled around the launch of high-energy particle collision experiments like the Large Hadron Collider.

The Large Hadron Collider and the End of the World • Season 3, Episode 6

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This episode addresses early concerns in the public sphere, the media, and even the scientific community, surrounding high-energy particle collision experiments at particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider. These concerns culminated in lawsuits accusing researchers of conducting experiments that could cause the creation of mini black holes or even spell the end of the world. We speak with a physicist who works on such projects about the realities of safety.


Evelyn Thomson, Professor of Physics and Astronomy


Alex Schein


Blake Cole


Alex Schein and Brooke Sietinsons


Blake Cole


Dan Lee


Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions

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