Stephen Hawking believes that the Higgs boson, or “God particle” just may end up destroying the universe. In an introduction of a newly published book, the scientist writes about his apprehension that if the Higgs particle was to become unstable, the universe might experience catastrophic vacuum decay, according to U.K. media reports.
Hawking’s melancholy theory shows up in the prelude to Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space. It is an assortment of lectures by notable astronomers and academics. In the writing, Hawking declares that the particle has the troublesome feature that it might become metastable at energies over 100bn giga-electron-volts.
He believes that the vacuum decay could increase at the speed of light and that such an event could “happen at any time and we couldn’t see it coming.” Even though the statement could be extremely alarming, Hawking also explains in his piece that this type of threat is highly speculative. A particle accelerator which could reach 100bn GEV would have to be bigger than the Earth itself, and would be unlikely to happen in the present economic environment.
So while this catastrophic scenario is unlikely to occur any time in the near future, Hawking states that looking at the Higgs boson’s possible volatility helps spreads information about the universe. He also writes that the potential devastation of the Higgs boson puts important restraints on the evolution of the universe.
Companion scientists have regarded some of Hawking’s darker forecasts with cynicism. He has also stated that he has fears about people on Earth trying to get in touch with alien life forms and also warns about the rising of smart machines. He also said back in 2012 that human life only has around 1,000 years left on Earth before it is wiped out by man-made viruses.
The Higgs particle was found by physicists while they were performing experiments within CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland two years ago. The particle has helped explain why things on Earth have mass. Someone has to wonder about Hawking’s connection with the Higgs Boson discovery. Supposedly he ended up losing a $100 bet over its detection, then he stated in 2013 that since the Higgs Boson had been identified, physics had become less fascinating.
A U.K. physicist spoke to the British media and stated the particle probably would probably never cause such a problem because any smashes at the LHC could not activate such instability, due to the fact their energies are much too low. However what Hawking believe is that the particle has the potential to destruct yet that could give researchers misunderstandings.
Yet many scientists have long criticized Hawking for his ability in building up drama. The truth is he hypes actualities with end of the world predictions is nothing new. Such as when he spoke about the man-made virus killing off all of humanity in 1,000 years which was mentioned above or even global warming causing the Earth’s temperature to rise to 480 degrees Fahrenheit. He has also even speculated that no black holes exist.
Hawking thinks that the Higgs boson or “God particle” might just end up extinguishing the entire universe. In the introduction of a new book, he writes about his anxiety that if the Higgs boson particle was to become unstable, the universe might experience catastrophic vacuum decay,” according to U.K. media reports.
By Kimberly Ruble