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November 14, 2009

Subverted by the future

Bech Nielsen of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan suggest a bit of baguette that stymied the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) outside Geneva was dropped by a time-traveling bird was sent from the future to sabotage the experiment.

There's more.

In a series of audacious papers, Nielsen and Ninomiya have suggested that setbacks to the LHC occur because of "reverse chronological causation," which is to say, sabotage from the future. The papers suggest that the Higgs boson may be "abhorrent to nature" and the LHC's creation of the Higgs sometime in the future sends ripples backward through time to scupper its own creation. Each time scientists are on the verge of capturing the Higgs, the theory holds, the future intercedes. The theory as to why the universe rejects the creation of Higgs bosons is based on complex mathematics, but, Nielsen tells TIME, "you could explain it [simply] by saying that God, in inverted commas, or nature, hates the Higgs and tries to avoid them."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 14, 2009 08:24 AM


Hmph. Don't they know it's impossible to travel back through spacetime?!

The bird must have been from elsewhere in the multiverse.

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2009 09:38 PM

Damn those people from the Dharma Project anyway.

Posted by: Brian Hoskins [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 14, 2009 11:12 PM