The Boson Fights Back

August 29, 2012 § 3 Comments

Over the past few weeks, masses and masses of people have suddenly become subatomic particle theory enthusiasts.  Why, might you ask?  Well the recent findings of the Higg’s boson, or the God particle, of course.  If the unimaginably microscopic dimensions of atoms were not mind-boggling enough, physicists have further narrowed down the world as we know it, finding something in what we see as nothing.  They have literally been able to find the building blocks of empty space, and the cause of mass accumulation, a compositional net of God particles.  Of course, I summarize the role of the boson after only watching several videos, but the simplified idea of defining nothingness is very attractive as a science-fiction story.  Perhaps the Higg’s boson had been hiding. Were we meant to peek behind the curtain of mass?

Horror stories of familiar things turning on us have been all the rage lately (See zombie movies, The Day after Tomorrow, The Happening).  So imagine if such an event happened at an even deeper level, a level that pervaded the entire universe. Perhaps dark matter fought back.  Whether humans begin to lose mass and the chaos ensues, or the air suddenly becomes more dense, the consequences could be universal.  Playing upon Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, assume that humans may not have been designed to fully uncover the truths behind the building blocks of life, and for that we must pay the price (Queue the intense music…).

-Kevin M.

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§ 3 Responses to The Boson Fights Back

  • Rahul Pathak says:

    How exactly do you go from the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle to assuming “that humans may not have been designed to fully uncover the truths behind the building blocks of life”? (And if we’re talking about the Higgs boson here I’d say the whole universe, not just life). I thought the Heisenberg Principle simply states that it’s impossible to know both the position and momentum of a microscopic particle (although I assume Professor Scherrer would know a lot more about this than me; I’m not exactly an expert on quantum mechanics.) I definitely see some philosophical implications in the Uncertainty Principle though. I’m just wondering if the “humans not being supposed to know the truths of the universe” thing was based on any scientific extrapolation or if it’s a general idea and the Uncertainty Principle was the inspiration.

    -pacopal

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  • pjjed says:

    I like the idea of a science fiction story dealing with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. We often think of it as an interesting Physics principle, but rarely as something that would have a significant effect on future events. Perhaps the many different interpretations of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle could also be incorporated with a story in which some scientists discover some truth about the Universe or matter, the knowledge of which leads to a universal disaster, while other scientists who subscribe to a different interpretation of the Principle and therefore refuse to believe that the disaster is coming.

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  • kevinmilewski says:

    I cite the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle to propose an idea of looking at human analysis of certain phenomena. Like we look at physics, we may not know the exact location of a particle when we seek to isolate it. Therefore, our very act of interaction in some way alters the reality, which demonstrates our limitations of understanding. I mention it when looking at things such as dark matter, where there is already general uncertainty about what it is, let alone how our knowledge of it will alter its very existence. The real question would be surrounding the correlation between the Higg’s boson and dark matter, and that is the very question I cannot answer.

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