Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This Is Super Cool

Or super scary, I can't figure out which. Remember the huge supercollider they built in Europe that, at one point, someone worried was going to cause the end of existence? When they actually switched the thing on it just broke, so that particular doomsday scenario got pushed back a bit. But now a couple of physicists have come up with a more intriguing possibility:

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.
I have not an inkling of whether such a thing is really possible. My knowledge of these things is limited to reading the entertaining but ultimately unsatisfying sci-fi thriller Blasphemy. It does boggle the brain just to think about it, tho'.

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