Hello scientists! I’m thrilled that you’re capturing and studying antimatter, but you really need to watch what you say or you wind up sounding stupid.
Hangst downplayed speculation that antimatter might someday be harnessed as a source of energy, or to create a powerful weapon, an idea popularized in Dan Brown’s best-selling novel “Angels and Demons.”
“It would take longer than the age of the universe to make one gram of antimatter,” he said, calling the process “a losing proposition because it takes much more energy to make antimatter than you get out of it.”
Claims like that are almost always wrong. What is impossible today is expensive tomorrow and common place next week.
Besides, when was “taking more energy to produce than you get out of it” ever an issue for the military?