What Theoretical Physicists Think

Last week, I was asked my expectations about the LHC, and offered my half-assed guess. If you prefer your speculation from people with relevant knowledge of the subject, Sean Carroll weighs in with his oddly-precise guesses.

On a related, less theoretical note, Tomasso Dorigo posted a summary of the constraints on the Higgs boson mass last week, which serves to illustrate why people are so anxious to see it-- given what we know about other particles, it really ought to have been detected by now-- the most likely predicted mass has already been excluded, and they're pushing out toward the edge of the normal uncertainty band.

If the Higgs doesn't turn up at the LHC (Sean gives that one chance in twenty), somebody's going to have some 'splainin' to do.


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Thanks for the link!

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Nice post. But you forgot to mention strangelets and black holes and the end of the whole wide world! Are you implying that this isn't a legitimate concern?