Perishing science

How does the lifetime of, say, a cat compare to the lifetime of, say, a Tau Lepton? For answers, turn to The Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion at the Theology Faculty of the University of Oxford, where Father Dr. Andrew Pinsent MA, DPhil, PhB, STB, PhL, PhD has investigated (amongst many other things) multiple questions of durability. How quickly things perish. For example, in his article ‘Vanity Fair’ he draws attention to the fact(s) that :

“Most items purchased in our country today decay quite quickly – once we have acquired them, they soon become obsolete or wear out. Items of clothing last about four years, computers between two and five years, cars last up to about fourteen years. Domestic dogs live up to about twelve years, and cats a little longer.”

On the other hand, some subatomic particles are far less durable. See Father Pinsent’s contributions to “A Measurement of the Lifetime of the Tau Lepton,” (P. Abreu et al.). CERN-PPE-91-115, Jul 1991. 15pp. Published in Physics Letters B 267:422-430, 1991.

and “Search for Excited Charged Leptons in Z0 Decays” (P. Abreu et al.). CERN-PPE-91-100, Jun 1991. 19pp. Published in Zeitschrift Für Physik C 53:41-49, 1992.

Further reading : Father Pinsent on  Football and Living Stones and Unclean Spirits