Thursday, October 15, 2009

Craziness and the Collider

Dennis Overbye relates the much discussed and ridiculed theory that the possible future creation of the Higgs boson may be sabotaging the LHC, as Overbye writes, "like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather". Physicists Holger Nielsen and Masao Ninomiya suggested the fantastic theory and a cinematic test - see if the one "shut down the LHC" card is pulled from a million-card deck. Sean Carroll (quoted in the article) discusses the theory and the controversy here.

(image credit: CERN, simulation of the decay of a Higgs particle following collision of two protons)