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Large Hadron Collider: “Leaving in tatters the extra-dimensional speculative universe”

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And after all that money …

From skeptical mathematician Peter Woit at Not Even Wrong, an assessment of the work of the Large Hadron Collider:

The LHC has done an impressive job of investigating and leaving in tatters the SUSY/extra-dimensional speculative universe that has dominated particle theory for much of the last thirty years, and this is likely to be one of its main legacies. These fields will undoubtedly continue to play a large role in particle theory, no matter how bad the experimental situation gets, as their advocates argue “Never, never, never give up!”, but fewer and fewer people will take them seriously. As always seemed likely, the big mystery the LHC will solve will be that of the Higgs: is it really there, and if so does it behave as the Standard Model predicts, or does it do something more interesting? Unfortunately we’re going to have to wait a while longer for more news on that front.

“Never, never, never give up!” Science is progressive so we should expect scientists to have this attitude when doing research or performing experiments or testing hypotheses. However, at what point does this cease being true, demonstrative science and move into the metaphysical realm? At what point does it become simply an argument from ignorance? Barb

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