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Quantum Computing and the search for the Higgs Boson

June 15, 2010

I'm betting that the Higgs Boson is not going to be detected in data gathered from the Large Hadron Collider ... not because I know anything, but because the quantum physics community will be happier (felix) if it is not found.

Observation of Higgs Boson is necessary to further validate the Standard Model of particle physics. The HB is a sort of a quantum overhead bin into which the Almighty has surreptitiously stuffed the mass abstracted from the rest of Her luggage.

If the Standard Model is validated by even a brief appearance of the Higgs Boson, science is left with a complete but unsatisfactory theory of the subatomic universe.

On the other hand, if the Higgs Boson joins phlogiston and the aether in the bestiary of blown theories, science takes a new leap into exploring the dark places of the quantum mechanical universe instead of looking in the bright places as it does now.

This could have a positive impact on quantum computing, where scientists and engineers are perforce exploring the dark places. Quantum computing could use a few more willing hands applied to the work.

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