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The Time Traveler’s Particle?

In cool, Science on October 13, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Interesting Article, Just Ignore the God Reference

Via NY Times

More than a year after an explosion of sparks, soot and frigid helium shut it down, the world’s biggest and most expensive physics experiment, known as the Large Hadron Collider, is poised to start up again. In December, if all goes well, protons will start smashing together in an underground racetrack outside Geneva in a search for forces and particles that reigned during the first trillionth of a second of the Big Bang.

Then it will be time to test one of the most bizarre and revolutionary theories in science. I’m not talking about extra dimensions of space-time, dark matter or even black holes that eat the Earth. No, I’m talking about the notion that the troubled collider is being sabotaged by its own future. A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Full Article.

  1. Well, I suppose that would make a nice "explanation" if and when they don't find this particle, or the machine breaks. Are they serious about that?

  2. Yes, it appears so. I would have liked to see more explaination of why they believe this to be the case, other than it just not being there. Also, how could something like this be experimentally tested? Who is to say it is not just breaking?

    It should be considered that the same guy pushing this 'theory' also said:

    Dr. Nielson said of the theory, “Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God.” It is their guess, he went on, “that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.”

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