It could be that there is a whole new universe a millimetre away from our heads but at right-angles to the three dimensions that are here," [Dr. Brian Cox of Manchester University] said. . . . That would be a real paradigm shift - our relegation to a little sheet in a multi-dimensional universe.The Large Hadron Collider will be switched on next year, and Dr. Cox expects the first results to come "within a year," although he says the machine will keep running for 10-20 years. According to Cox, the probability that the particle accelerator generates a black hole that destroys the planet is "at the level of 10 to the minus 40."
For the first time in many decades we have built a machine that exceeds our powers of prediction. . . . New processes are bound to be discovered. We are truly journeying into unknown territory.