Is it possible that we're about to enter a bold new era of physics?
The big news in physics are the results from the Large Hadron Collider, which strongly suggests that they may have uncovered the first experimental evidence of the Higgs boson. By exploring the properties of this new particle, physicists will be able to lock down the final parameters of the Standard Model of quantum physics ... and possibly move beyond our current understanding, to discover new realms of investigation.
In fact, we're on the brink of getting experimental confirmation of some of the most amazing predictions of theoretical physics. In a recent article over at the NOVA Physics blog, I ask "Can String Theory Be Tested?" and discuss three components crucial to string theory that could receive experimental confirmation in the coming years:
We're still a long way from understanding what new physics might be unlocked by the energy levels at which the Large Hadron Collider is exploring the universe, but the last century of physics has shown us one thing: the universe is always stranger than we expect.