posted on Dec, 30 2012 @ 11:03 AM
reply to post by CLPrime
Never mind, I'll just tell what would happen if you did both (I don't seem to be patient enough at the moment to wait).
You seem to be saying that, even without the forces that hold atoms together, they would still stay together due to inertia (and, presumably, the
conservation of momentum).
The biggest problem with that is that there's a reason why it takes the strong
force to hold nuclei together. Nucleons are repulsive. It takes
exceptionally strong bosons called gluons to "glue" them together. Remove these and the ship is not just going to disassociate...it's going to
violently explode into a cloud of particles. Inertia will do nothing to prevent this.
If you could somehow remove just the Higgs bosons, then you'll have some more interesting problems. The Higgs Mechanism disappears, causing the
photon and W/Z boson groups to rearrange themselves to form a completely new set of bosons, all of which are massless. This will cause the EM and weak
forces to change form. Also, every particle that comprises the ship and everything in it (including you) will become two individual particles, all of
which are again massless. Your ship suddenly becomes double the particles in the same volume, and none of these particles interact in any familiar
Oh, and without the Higgs...there is no inertia (though there would still be conservation of momentum, which has a similar effect at light-speed). All
of these funky new particles would be massless, and would therefore travel at the speed of light. Have fun containing them.