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Suicide Magic: Or How The Higgs Boson Might Have Busted The Large Hadron Collider

People who had problems with the time-travel theories in PLANETARY #27 should look away right now. There is a theoretical possibility that an elementary particle is reaching into the past to destroy itself:

…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…

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  1. OK, I want a vest made out of Higgs Bosons. Take me to 1960.

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  3. Martin Johnstone Martin Johnstone

    I may be the only person who enjoyed all the theoretical physics parts of Planetary, but then i used to live with a person with a PhD in particle physics who worked on some of the imaging stuff for CERN so I felt at home.

    It does make me feel that if Planetary was delayed by one more week then the timing would have been fortuitous with less complaints about the “technobable” (is it really technobable if it is a an actual scientific theory and not made up just to further the story) and as should be the foresight to have written something so long ago to have it realised in the press as a scientific theory.

    You should be hailed as a 21st century techno prophet instead.

  4. I imagine that in our universe-path the LHC will be one of those increasingly-ridiculous never-work machines, because all the universes in which the LHC does work collapse, and so we can never be in them and keep having this conversation.

  5. It’s all one of those forfucksake textbook problems — “Let’s add a new term to the such-and-such equation and see what happens!” — which might be interesting for a graduate student learning field theory to work through, but it doesn’t deserve the hype it’s gotten.

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