So, there’s a shiny new hadron collider in Geneva, and not only is it large, it works! The next step, of course, is for it to make all kinds of spectacular discoveries about the fundamental structure of matter. All across the blogosphere people are putting forth their predictions for what the Large Hadron Collider will find. The best prediction award goes to Jester, who calculated the probability of producing dragons. (The original possibility having been suggested by Nima Arkani-Hamed.)
And what part of nature is hiding around the corner, waiting to be discovered? You may have heard that the LHC was built to find something called the Higgs Boson, and that this has something to do with why things have mass. That’s correct, but the possibilities are even richer. It turns out that our current understanding of particle physics tells us that there are at least two things that exist, but haven’t been found. They are:
- The Higgs
- Something Else.