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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

A Very Lucky Universe?

Below is an excerpt from an excellent article by John Gribbin in yesterday’s Guardian Newspaper.

Large-Hadron-Collider

“So ripples from the future are stymying the particle collider? It's more likely to be a multiverse thing.

In a desperate attempt to explain why CERN's Large Hadron Collider has suffered a series of mishaps preventing it from commencing its search for the elusive Higgs Boson particle, respectable physicists have suggested (apparently in all seriousness) that nature abhors the Higgs so much that ripples from the future are travelling back in time to stop the Switzerland-based particle accelerator working.

Reports of the emergence of these theories have prompted renewed contemplation of the "granny paradox", which some think debunks the very idea of time travel. In this scenario, a time traveller goes into the past and inadvertently causes the death of his/her granny, before the traveller's parents are born. So the traveller never goes back in time, so granny doesn't die – and, well, so on. I have a much simpler explanation for the collider's plight. Its failure is related to the existence of other universes, the "parallel worlds" beloved of science-fiction writers.”

Click here to read the full article.

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