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  • #31
    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by JRM
    Anybody want me to pass along a message? 8)
    Yes, please. How have his experiments on the Theory played out? :wink:
    That was the underlying theme of the conference: the eve of the Large Hadron Collider being activated. We''l soon know, one way or the other. Experimental evidence for any of the following will (hopefully!) be uncovered:

    - the origin of mass (aka the Higgs particle)
    - Supersymmetry (aka every particle has an "evil twin")
    - extra dimensions of space
    - no Higgs particle
    - no supersymmetry
    - no extra dimensions
    - Lisi's theory works
    - Lisi's theory doesn't work
    - insert your own theory here
    - etc...

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    • #32
      Originally posted by JRM
      Originally posted by Marlow
      Originally posted by JRM
      Anybody want me to pass along a message? 8)
      Yes, please. How have his experiments on the Theory played out? :wink:
      That was the underlying theme of the conference: the eve of the Large Hadron Collider being activated. We''l soon know, one way or the other. Experimental evidence for any of the following will (hopefully!) be uncovered:

      - the origin of mass (aka the Higgs particle)
      - Supersymmetry (aka every particle has an "evil twin")
      - extra dimensions of space
      - no Higgs particle
      - no supersymmetry
      - no extra dimensions
      - Lisi's theory works
      - Lisi's theory doesn't work
      - insert your own theory here
      - etc...
      the origin of mass?
      phsstt!

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      • #33
        Originally posted by SQUACKEE
        the origin of mass?
        In the standard theory of particle physics, there is a postulated particle called the Higgs boson, which is responsible for all particles, and hence all matter, having mass. Without the existence of the Higgs boson, the standard theory is highly suspect. Almost everybody in the physics world thinks it exists, but it requires a highly powerful particle accelerator to find/prove its existence. Nothing that powerful currently exists, but the Large Hadron Collider should be able to find it - and if not, a lot of theorists will be re-working all their theories.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by bambam
          Originally posted by SQUACKEE
          the origin of mass?
          In the standard theory of particle physics, there is a postulated particle called the Higgs boson, which is responsible for all particles, and hence all matter, having mass. Without the existence of the Higgs boson, the standard theory is highly suspect. Almost everybody in the physics world thinks it exists, but it requires a highly powerful particle accelerator to find/prove its existence. Nothing that powerful currently exists, but the Large Hadron Collider should be able to find it - and if not, a lot of theorists will be re-working all their theories.
          But whats responsible for Higgs boson?
          phsstt!

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          • #35
            Originally posted by SQUACKEE
            But whats responsible for Higgs boson?
            Oh dear, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! . . . and what is responsible for the thing that is responsible for Higg's boson? etc. :wink:

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            • #36
              Re: Surf, sun, and a theory of everything!

              Originally posted by JRM
              Whoa, dude! Totally gnarly. This story is getting quite a lot of play in the media, primarily because it's ALSO getting a lot of play in academic circles (including the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON, where I'm currently freezing my California tan off!). There are mixed opinions but it could well be that this is a "radical" new perspective on the biggest mystery in physics of all time (and stands to sink string theory, if correct).

              PS: He's apparently also Lex Luthor on "Smallville"!

              ============================================

              Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything

              By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
              Last Updated: 6:01pm GMT 14/11/2007

              An impoverished surfer has drawn up a new theory of the universe, seen by some as the Holy Grail of physics, which has received rave reviews from scientists.

              Garrett Lisi, 39, has a doctorate but no university affiliation and spends most of the year surfing in Hawaii, where he has also been a hiking guide and bridge builder (when he slept in a jungle yurt).

              ...

              Despite this unusual career path, his proposal is remarkable because, by the arcane standards of particle physics, it does not require highly complex mathematics.

              Even better, it does not require more than one dimension of time and three of space, when some rival theories need ten or even more spatial dimensions and other bizarre concepts. And it may even be possible to test his theory, which predicts a host of new particles, perhaps even using the new Large Hadron Collider atom smasher that will go into action near Geneva next year.

              Complete article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.j ... tviewedbox
              Even if it's bunk, good for him for starting, or continuing the ripples.

              pi is god's zip code and she doesn't want you to have it.... :idea:

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