#1
I read a book a long time ago about this group of extremists who had a goal to blow up the vatican using an antimatter bomb.

after i read the book, the concept of an antimatter bomb intrigued me so i researched it. I found out that a long time ago, antimatter was actually created. 1 trillionth of a gram, but it was still created, and handled properly.

antimatter in itself is the same as matter except the electrons in antimatter carry a positive charge, whereas the protons carry a negative charge. it was written in the article i read that for every matter particle in our universe, there is an antimatter particle somewhere... does this mean that there is an anti-world somewhere that consists entirely of antimatter particles? what would happen if we came in contact with it?

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EDIT: The book is Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
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angels and demons = good book. much better movie-adaptable than da vinci code.

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it doesn't necessarily mean theres an 'anti-world'

by the way what was the book?
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Well it could be true, but would they be opposite of us, like walking on their arms instead o something?

Or would it be just another planet with people that are different but their composition is different?

Or maybe the other anti-matter isnt in the form of a planet maybe its dust floating through space


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personally, i think if we contacted an anti-world.. we would all get AIDS... maybe
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I think the book you read was by Dan Brown. Can't remember the name because I've never read it myself, but I think it's Angels & Demons.

Anyways, about the article you read about every matter particle in our universe, there is an antimatter particle, I don't really think its true. I mean it could be, sure, but how did the author of the article now this? I think he was just making his own theory, and it doesn't mean its true. And if we came into contact with it, well I don't know what would happen, but my guess is it wouldn't be good.
#9
anti-matter allows pair production and annihilation, this is regular physics tht happens on earth

given that it exists on earth, what would be the point in an anti-world, it would be the same
#10
does this have anything to do with the type of matter they're trying to produce by atom smashing? i was watching a show on the large hadron collider and they were able to make the simplest unit of matter (or something) for like a thousandth of a billionth of a billionth of a second

could be totally unrelated, but interesting

edit: yeah i guess im just talking about regular matter...
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I think the book you read was by Dan Brown. Can't remember the name because I've never read it myself, but I think it's Angels & Demons.

Anyways, about the article you read about every matter particle in our universe, there is an antimatter particle, I don't really think its true. I mean it could be, sure, but how did the author of the article now this? I think he was just making his own theory, and it doesn't mean its true. And if we came into contact with it, well I don't know what would happen, but my guess is it wouldn't be good.

If there wasn't then this entire region of spacetime, that we call the universe, would have folded in on itself.
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#12
Well, it sounds like science fiction to me. But then again, "horseless carriages" were also science fiction back in the day, and artificial light and everything. So maybe today it kinda sounds like crazy talk, but it might become common knowledge in the future.

I agree with pucci6d6, that the author was probably just making his own theory. It would be pretty interesting, but I believe that it would be impossible to make contact with the anti-world if such a thing exists.
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there would not be an antimatter world, but there would be the same amount of antimatter that there is matter in our earth. oh ya and if matter and antimatter come into contact with each other, KA-BOOM!!!
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does this have anything to do with the type of matter they're trying to produce by atom smashing? i was watching a show on the large hadron collider and they were able to make the simplest unit of matter (or something) for like a thousandth of a billionth of a billionth of a second

could be totally unrelated, but interesting

edit: yeah i guess im just talking about regular matter...

Yeah that's regular matter, the Higgs Boson.
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but what would happen if we came in contact with an anti world?
and how would it happen?
i read that physical contact between an anti matter particle and a matter particle would be almost 1000x as destructive as a nuclear explosion, but i still don't know why.
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Lol, particle physics gives me a hadron.
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#17
It's weird that you bring this up, because I was just thinking about anti-matter earlier.

Seriously, seeing this on the front page after I was thinking about it is beyond weird.
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but what would happen if we came in contact with an anti world?
and how would it happen?
i read that physical contact between an anti matter particle and a matter particle would be almost 1000x as destructive as a nuclear explosion, but i still don't know why.

Since matter in it's purest subatomic form is pretty much energy, undoing the particle would give you a ****load of it.
#20
So is anyone (scientists) actually studying this? If it's so explosive and such it could be a great source of electricity, yes?
#21
dear god whats with all the physics threads today? geez.
anywho antimatter particles destruct whenever they come into contact with normal particles, ie us. so if there was an "antimatter universe" or whatever we would never be able to come into contact with it, because it would destruct (or so i believe correct me if im wrong). but there isn't.
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