I’m Not Sure That’s How Probability Works, Walter

Tonight marks the debut of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on HBO. JenLuc Piquant reminds us of one of the former Daily Show correspondent’s finest moments: confronting Walter Wagner on why he thought black holes from the LHC were a threat to the existence of the Earth.

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5 Responses to I’m Not Sure That’s How Probability Works, Walter

  1. Hal says:

    John Oliver: We may as well try breeding, Walter. There’s a 50/50 chance it’ll work.

  2. Annie Stratton says:

    Beautiful and brilliant bit. I adore John Oliver (though I only get to see him via computer). And I truly enjoy this blog. Keep going!

  3. John Barrett says:

    I think it is fortunate that the LHC hasn’t created microscopic black holes at all. If it did, I don’t think Hawking Radiation would save us. All the equipment in the LHC would have a lot more matter than what would be provided from random particle pair production. Then the density of particle pair production would be so sparse that a microscopic black hole could fly between two sets of random particle pairs without even having an interaction… I don’t think that Hawking Radiation would account for that on that size scale.

  4. JimV says:

    Someone’s not moderating the spam in their comment stream. If I were Jon Oliver I would do a satirical parody about that, but as I’m not, I’ll just say that in my opinion, JO is the closet thing to Monty Python since Monty Python.

  5. Siderealview says:

    finally! thank you – great blog