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In the preface to a new book, Starmus, acclaimed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking writes that the so-called “God particle” could become unstable and cause a “catastrophic vacuum decay” that would lead to the collapse of time and space, The Sunday Times reports.
“The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become metastable at energies above 100bn gigaelectronvolts,” Hawking writes. “This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light.”
“This could happen at any time and we wouldn’t see it coming.”
originally posted by: SpongeBeard
a reply to: olaru12
No God is being referenced. God particle refers to the Higgs Boson, a particle with the ability to endow mass. Without it the Universe as we know it would not exist.
Could someone please put in layman's terms exactly what the "God Particle" is and which God are we referencing here?
originally posted by: Bassago
a reply to: olaru12
Fabulous, so Stephen Hawking is now writing doom porn about how a tiny little species of hairy bipeds out in a remote corner of the Milky Way is going to destroy the entire universe.
That's just great.
I don't believe it though or at least hope not.
originally posted by: watchitburn
Is the Higgs inherently prone to unraveling space-time or is our newly developed ability to observe it the cause for this threat?
I think given the 14B yrs of the universe, if it was going to happen on its own it would have by now. So that begs the question, does the mere existence of our newly acquired technology threaten our or even the entire universe's existence?
Are there events the universe doesn't want us to see? Are we not allowed to know how things work?
All very interesting questions.
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.