From the Huff:
With a greater understanding of cosmic inflation’s properties and the Higgs boson mass, Hogan and his colleague, Malcolm Fairbairn, who is also a physicist at King’s College London, tried to recreate the conditions of cosmic inflation after the Big Bang.
What they found was bad news for, well, everything. The newborn universe should have experienced an intense jittering in the energy field, known as quantum fluctuation. Those jitters, in turn, could have disrupted the Higgs field, in essence rolling the entire system into a much lower energy state that would make the collapse of the universe inevitable.
So if the universe shouldn’t exist, why is it here?
“The generic expectation is that there must be some new physics that we haven’t put in our theories yet, because we haven’t been able to discover them,” Hogan said.
Cue the supersymmetry circus wagon, and sure enough … rumble, rumble, roll
Presumably the climate change circus wagon is out for paintwork.
This story pretty much picks up the Phys.org release; See “Some wonder: Why didn’t the Higgs boson cause our universe to collapse?”
Some of the rest of us wonder something else too: One reason it all feels like science in a time of decline is the ease with which dramatic speculations ensue from really limited and fragmentary evidence.
We haven’t even figured out whether the recent BICEP result was simply an artifact of cosmic dust (which the HuffPo article admits). If any of this really mattered, you’d think we’d find that out first before we proclaim supersymmetry and a multiverse. The generation that put men on the moon is retiring, and it sure shows.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology). A quick, handy guide to the cosmology of a world that no longer makes sense to many thinkers (and that’s okay).
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