Data from a recent collision at the Large Hadron Collider (CERN) in Switzerland has the scientific community as giddy as a 10-year-old on Christmas morning.
The data they are worked up about are a few spikes that may signify the existence of the Higgs boson particle, aka the "God Particle." The particle is thought to be what all matter was formed out of and the cause of The Big Bang. Though the data is still inconclusive until further review, it begs the question ... what if?
Like a page taken out of a science fiction novel, the possibilities of what scientists can learn from the discovery could include the existence of parallel universes, higher dimensions, or whether time travel is possible. It would be an understatement to say that the discovery of the Higgs boson particle will be one of the biggest scientific discoveries ever.
The discovery is also expected to complete the standard model of physics. The particle is considered the last unknown piece in a giant jigsaw puzzle. Once that piece is in place we will be able to see and understand how most everything in the universe works. Physicists will finally once and for all be able to prove many of the physics theories in existence today as well, including Einstein's famous theory of general relativity, E=MC2.
During an interview in April with The Daily, renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku revealed just how crucial the discovery of the Higgs boson particle is to the scientific community.
"Einstein's equations hint, hint at higher dimensions, they hint at parallel universes, they hint at time travel, but to nail it to the wall you need to have a theory of everything. And thats what I think the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, Switzerland may give us."
He went on to state that "It may prove the existence of dark matter. Dark matter is predicted by string theory. String theory is the fabled theory that eluded Einstein for the last 30 years of his life."
Scientists at the CERN laboratory had already predicted that the particle would either be discovered or disproven by 2012, but at the rate things seem to be occurring, we may see the evidence sooner rather than later.