Posted by: adoseofliberty | October 13, 2009

Sabotaged by the Future?

The Large Hadron Collider might well be it’s own worst enemy.  According to theoretical physicists Holger Nielsen of Denmark and Masao Ninomiya of Japan, the Higgs Boson, or God Particle, itself could be traveling back in time to stop the LHC from creating one of these mysterious tiny particles, “like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.”

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One of the scientists sums up the hypothesis in esoteric technical and rigid language:

“It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck,” Dr. Nielsen said.

He said that his theories may even provide a “model for God” who “rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.”

The main goal of the £4.4 billion project near Geneva that involves more than 10,000 researchers and took more than 15 years to build is to investigate the origins of the universe by firing tiny particles around a 17-mile underground tunnel and observing the results of their collisions.  The hope is that these experiments will be able to reproduce similar conditions to those that existed immediately after the Big Bang.

The scientists similarly hope to locate the Higgs Boson, which is believed to give all matter its mass.  As with most uber-complex and experimental instruments of science, the LHC has suffered a series of setbacks and inspired doomsday rumors.

First scientists claimed it would create a black hole that would devour the world and then in September 2008 circuits in one of the magnets overheated causing damage and leading to a helium leak.

Maybe one day Higgs and Nature herself will acquiesce to man’s zealous quest for scientific understanding, and to validate the conjecture of Nielsen and Ninomiya, cease traveling back in time to repeatedly obliterate our universe.


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