Matt Strassler on Theoretical Physics

Last night I asked my friend, University of Michigan Professor and theoretical physicist James Wells, what the latest evidence from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider means for supersymmetry. The main thing he said is that theory gives much less guidance for what the masses of hypothetical particles should be than one might gather from news accounts. In particular, even if supersymmetry is true, it is not clear that the idea that the lowest-mass supersymmetric particles will be in the range accessible to the Large Hadron Collider.

As a physics blog to trust on theoretical physics, James gave his highest recommendation to Matt Strassler’s blog Of Particular Significance. For those who want to go further, another theoretical physics blog with some inside jokes in it is Adam Falkowski’s blog Resonaances.    

In case the Large Hadron Collider is not powerful enough to unlock all the mysteries of the physics, in our Quartz column “Maybe Europe’s unity doesn’t rest on its currency. Joint mission to Mars anyone?” Ruediger Bachmann and I mentioned another supercollider surpassing CERN’s current Large Hadron Collider as one of the many possible projects that would be a better symbol of European unity than the euro.