Thursday, January 25, 2007

String Theory Unknotted


Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have proposed a test to determine whether String Theory is possible.

String Theory proponents say everything in the Universe is fundamentally built of minute 'strings' which resonate at different speeds. This theory provides a unified set of rules for everything in existence, bridging the gap between all the laws of nature from Gravity to Quantum Physics.
The only problem thus far has been proving whether or not it is accurate, because we have no way of detecting these strings. Until now. Well, sort of.

Physicists intend to use the Large Hadron Collider to test how W Bosons scatter in high-energy particle collisions. The test will not prove string theory correct, but rather it will show if any current assumptions about it are incorrect.

Not exactly the proof scientists, mathematicians and physicists around the world have been waiting for, but closer to a solution than we have ever been...

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