This is so cool. Higgs Bosons. No idea what a lot of this fascinating article is going on about, but the beauty of the new Large Hadron Collider (a part of it below) at CERN is that no-one actually knows what will happen when it gets switched on and properly starts colliding hadrons. It’s an $8bn leap into the unknown. I only live a few kilometers away, so I’d be quite pleased if it didn’t take out a large part of the surrounding area, in a Spenglerian total protonic reversal –“try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light,” as the great physicist said. It’ll either take us a bit closer to the Spinozan singularity, causa ultima, or show us we’ve got the wrong idea completely; but as this is sometimes an extremely valuable insight, I don’t think the money will prove a waste.
Bento, you pretend to know about this sort of stuff. What do you think will happen?