A few weeks ago, Amanda Peet gave a public lecture that we live-blogged here. In the Q&A part after the talk, she made a statement that I sort of glossed over: that the LHC was able to verify some of the predictions of String Theory. In my head, I thought, “yeah, all the predictions that the Standard Model itself made, and nothing more.” And I let it go.
But maybe it’s time to ask that question for real: will the LHC be able to test String Theory? And if so, how? This is a question that — quite honestly — was a little beyond what I knew how to do, so I called in an expert from among our contributors: Sabine Hossenfelder.