April 4, 2010
A dramatized idea behind experiments in high energy physics.
A few thousand years ago **Mr Wolfenstein was collecting pebbles in the sea-shore while chatting to Mr Wolf about his plans for giving an exposition to a enthused audience on the origin of matter.
He described how all matter constituted of a few fundamental units of the same 4 types. Water, air, fire and earth. He said the pebbles he is holding can be smashed against each other producing smaller and smaller bits of what it all constitutes.
And since it constitutes of matter which is divisible further down the size of the original one, it would be of interest to know what lies beneath at the smallest scale of this matter.
He espoused the idea that it constitute of atoms, tiny elementary units that aren’t any further divisible. That these atoms have peculiar properties unlike the properties exhibited by the pebble itself, is in itself something, to be taken note of and to be explored in details.
That this process of breaking of the matter into smaller constituents and their interesting properties are no less interesting than the story of a fairy tale although its more likely that the latter will have a large audience and for the former the audience will be small and can only be gathered with an effort that’s humongous and tiring at the same time its unconventional and not necessarily understandable even by the most educated in the audience.
This then forms a particular branch of pursuit of science which Mr Wolfenstein liked to name “Physics” of the constituents of matter.
**In those days the doctorate degree was yet to be espoused and the highly educated people were conferred the honorary “Misterate” degrees.
Mr Wolf was a Misterate in the study of life and pursued this in an institute which had 10 Misterates along with 5 disciples struggling for their Misterate degrees. In those days of scientific explorations these types of institutes were found only in selected places not necessarily in the most advanced communities.
Manual efforts for large patches of ones life which can bereave one of simple personal pleasure wasn’t unknown but it barely took the form of large factories such as the ones that were created for commercial pursuits such as the mining of stones for civil utilities, storage and supply of water, immigration of large chunks of populace from towns that are beyond 100 miles.
While such institutions were created in line with monasteries the latter had much appeal for the general people and were comparable in their size and scale to the factories for water storage and supply or the ones for stone mining. But knowledge like in all ages was commercialized only when text books and a primary teaching workforce was in force.
To think of commercialization of knowledge that is yet fully understood by more than a few didn’t make much business sense neither did make any start-up effort. Nevertheless these small centers of learning were having their life line nurtured by the reasonable support from commercial entities.
Mr Wolfenstein approached a wealthy stone industrialist known for his philanthropic overtures and collected a check of 100 stone age dollars for setting up a machine in a large patch of land. This required the close attention of more human resources than his “center for exploration of stone structure” provided.
He hired scientific personnel for the operation of the Large Stone Collider. On the ground they set up a platform that had many layers that can be taken off from the platform by applying principles of push and pull and a super-slider prepared with the use of a greasy material.
This required considerable amount of innovation. The layers were pulled off by using latest technology stone ropes that were produced by the combination of fibers and powders of a particular type of stone [a precursor to present day iron].
The platform served as a target on which pebbles of different kind and size were to be smashed by dropping them from trees that were as tall as 3 storied buildings. A person would climb the tree to put the pebbles in a box which was connected to ropes that can be pulled from ground with desired strength.
There were different types of layers in the platform that can be exposed to the falling bunch of pebbles. eg there was a stone layer, there was a layer which was made of the same material as the falling pebbles. There was a layer which acted as a glue that can absorb the stone into some depth of the material thereby giving a measure of the force exerted by the falling pebbles. There was a calibration layer formed from a material which would not break the falling pebbles and so on.
The platform which was the size of a floor of a small house was surrounded by wall which would absorb the broken pieces of the pebbles in all directions. The pebble fractions going in the top can be calibrated by suitably placing a layer of glue below a porous platform of hard stone.
Mr Wolfenstein was a pioneer of this experiment which he had designed by accumulating his 10 years of research in stone, glue and rope technology. His was a much popular conglomerate of scientists from different regions. They successfully divided pebbles of the size of an inch into particulates of the size that had an upper-bound of sizes that they could infer from their cohesion with a glue particle whose size was earlier noted from their weight and volume. By suitably calibrating different kind of particulates in different volumes of container and by taking note of their weight their relative sizes for the smallest unit were noted.
Mr Higgenstein was another noted scientist who had espoused the idea of an Inter-regional Linear “stone” Collider. He put forth the idea that by bringing down the pebbles from a distance far away as one can not go too high up in the sky, one can reach a level of energy inaccessible to the latest stone smasher.
He chose the hilly region of Appalachian where he put platforms on successive “boroughs” of the hill. Some of these platforms were made of bouncy surfaces that would not break any falling pebbles, rather would act like an accelerator.
By falling on these platforms which would extend for acres of land making a downward slope and slippery, the finely prepared smooth pebbles would speed up towards the target platform which is a vertically standing wall of stone.
The pebbles rolling from the top of the hill would have come down a distance of a mile or so gaining tremendous amount of speed on successive platforms. Upon reaching the target platform and colliding against it, these would then break into unimaginably small size of particulate.
The advantage of this configuration of stone collider was that the layer that absorbs the particulates of pebbles for determination of their size and chemical properties can be covered around the target platform in all directions while keeping a open entrance for the incoming flux of pebbles.
This was a tremendous achievement for the century for the world of science and the results were published in many reputed journals of the time. Mr Wolfenstein and Mr Higgenstein were awarded the greatest prize of mankind named after the industrialist Mr Lose Hole Rock-feller.