A committee of distinguished physicists convened by BNL Director John Marburger gave a more complete answer to this Sci-Fi like problem recently. The speculative disaster scenarios considered were:
- Creation of a black hole that would "eat" ordinary matter.
- Initiation of a transition to a new, more stable universe.
- Formation of a "strangelet" that would convert ordinary matter to a new form.
The fact that a comprehensive assessment has been made of the very speculative "disaster" is to be welcomed. However, we should worry about that the assessment of more probable danger is sometimes incomplete in a certain country.
- M. Mukerjee, Sci. Amer. 280 (3), 42 (1999).
- F. Wilczek, Sci. Amer. 281 (1), 5 (1999).
- Brookhaven Natl. Lab., Committee Report on Speculative "Disaster Scenarios" at RHIC (1999).
- Brookhaven Natl. Lab. News Release (Oct. 6, 1999).