Holger Bech Nielsen of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen and Masao Ninomiya from the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto are both in agreement that one possible explanation for the constant failings of the large hadron collider (LHC) is that it is being intentionally sabotaged by people from the future. Sound weird? Well it is, but at the same time, they’re basing their theories on current science fact about quantum physics and time travel. And the reason this is OK (unlike travelling back in time to kill your grandfather) and wouldn’t result in a paradox is apparently accepted.
However they also suggest maybe God (yes, scientics are saying God) may be preventing it as he does not want us to discover the Higg’s Boson particle either.
One reader on io9 made a comment that if you read the below quotes as though you’re the voice over from the movie Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, they take on a much more amusing tone – and he’s right, they suddenly sound “right.”
It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck,” Dr. Nielsen said in an e-mail message. In an unpublished essay, Dr. Nielson said of the theory, “Well, one could even almost say that we have a model for God.” It is their guess, he went on, “that He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.
While it is a paradox to go back in time and kill your grandfather, physicists agree there is no paradox if you go back in time and save him from being hit by a bus. In the case of the Higgs and the collider, it is as if something is going back in time to keep the universe from being hit by a bus. Although just why the Higgs would be a catastrophe is not clear. If we knew, presumably, we wouldn’t be trying to make one.