I, For One, Welcome Our Neutrino Overlords

By Sean Carroll | January 1, 2007 11:43 am

Wouldn’t you be just a tiny bit worried if you saw this trundling down your street?


Bee at Backreaction explains why it’s not so scary, unless you’re an elementary particle who is self-conscious about your weight. There’s a movie, too.

  • Chinmaya Sheth

    “unless you’re an elementary particle who is self-conscious about your weight”
    Is this that old religion of “relativistic mass” coming back? :-)

  • Chinmaya Sheth

    Um, in case someone takes me seriously about using the word “religion”, I should mention I was not being serious.

  • http://eskesthai.blogspot.com/2007/01/symmetries-can-be-chaotically-complex.html Plato

    to late……sun worshipper :)

  • Chinmaya Sheth

    Plato, atheists don’t worship anyone. And if you think you are talking about Hinduism, please read a textbook on it before you do.

  • Chinmaya Sheth

    Plato, sorry if I came on a bit strong. All I was saying in #1 is that some people prefer to use the concept just rest mass. The word religion got in there just to continue the theme of the title of the post .

  • stevem

    Reminds me of that rediculous Woody Allen film where a giant breast–created by a mad scientist of course–terrorizes the countryside.

  • http://backreaction.blogspot.com Stefan


    that’s what I was also thinking, thanks that I am not the only one 😉

  • http://backreaction.blogspot.com/ B

    Hi Sean,

    thanks for the link. Gee, and I was wondering about this Number of visitors per day!

    Btw, I came across the photo in a German Magazine (Stern) that my mother reads and ‘collects for me’ (meaning, if I am visiting her I find about 30 issues on my desk). It’s kind of depressing though that besides the name of the experiment they didn’t write anything about the science behind it (thus my post). Best,


  • http://eskesthai.blogspot.com/2006/10/history-of-star-shine-to-now.html Plato

    Chinmaya Sheth: Plato, sorry if I came on a bit strong.

    That’s okay. You have to have stuff skin around here. :)

    Little Sun

    You can check out link on my name.

    Some elevate the sun to gamma, or even, the moon. I guess it’s how scientists like to look at it, once they have another perspective about it. How John Bahcall may have looked at it after spending so much time in research?

    Overlord’s of science


    As a scientist, you know your place in the world. Yet, you dream of such “fantastical stories.” About things travelling through the little towns in Europe, as if, seeing the “Overlords of Science.” Like some futuristic God making it’s way through the town of some primitive era on earth. “Shocked people” looking from windows, as this enormous object in the “war of the worlds,” has finally come upon us.

  • http://eskesthai.blogspot.com/2007/01/suns-before-us.html Plato

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Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] cosmicvariance.com .


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