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God Hates the Higgs Boson

13 Oct 2009, 19:21 UTC
God Hates the Higgs Boson
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"Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God [...] that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them."

This is a rather bold statement, and oddly enough, it was made by an otherwise distinguished physicist in an unpublished article. Unpublished (and slightly tongue-in-cheek) it may be, but this forms the background of Dr Holger Bech Nielsen's research that has appeared in publications over the past 18 months. Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and co-author Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, have been hinting about this subject for some time, but in a recent New York Times essay, Nielsen directly blames God for our Higgs boson woes.

The two researchers propose that the search for the Higgs Boson is jinxed, and forever will be, because this bizarre particle has the ability to travel back in time. In a nutshell, Nielsen and Ninomiya reckon that the creation of a Higgs particle during the energetic collision inside a particle accelerator -- such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) -- will cause a chain of events that will ripple back in time, stopping its creation in the future. ...

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