Perhaps this is why I’ve had an active distaste for scientific topics for the last few months.
(I really would download and read some of his publications, if you’re inclined.The man has a wide-ranging intelligence, within the scientific confines, at least.)
A governor is a device which stops a system from reaching a critical state of overload by means of feedback. It seems, if Dr Nielsen is correct, that the Higgs Boson may be acting as just such a device – from its future to its past.
Or, rather, from our future to our past.
The equations which describe particle states are symmetric in time – that is, they work equally well with time going forward as backward (err..from our point of view, that is).We usually think of the past state of a particle influencing its future state. But it could work equally well the other way – the future state of a particle could influence its past.
Please keep in mind here that all reference to ‘future’ and ‘past’ are made by a currently-incarnate being, who irrationally sees time flowing in only one direction. Mostly.
Well, given the tremendous problems the Large Hadron Collider has been experiencing, Holger Bech Nielsen has postulated that the main particle the LHC was built to look for is behaving like a governor on the present with respect to itself. In other words, future Higgs Bosons (named the god particle for its apparent function of endowing all other particles with their physical properties) are forbidding their own discovery, by putting a kaibosh on the present working of the LHC.
Is it, in fact, a feature of this 3D-plus-time plane which ensures that some things can never be known?
Perhaps some mysteries need to remained veiled, in this time and this space.
Maybe we struggle to describe certain phenomena because we literally cannot.
Now, just have to wait out that pesky Neptune and awkward Chiron traipsing across my natal moon. Backwards.
Pic found at Spaceweather