LHC results put supersymmetry theory ‘on the spot’ – Pallab Ghosh – BBC 27 August 2011
Researchers failed to find evidence of so-called “supersymmetric” particles, which many physicists had hoped would plug holes in the current theory. Theorists admit they may have to come up with a completely new idea. Earlier US results had “hinted” that the decay of B-mesons was influenced by supersymmetric particles. The new, more detailed analysis however has failed to find this effect.
Bitten the dust “This failure to find indirect evidence means that the simplest version of the theory has in effect bitten the dust” writes Pallab Ghosh. Yet supersymmetry is not killed off. There are many other more complex versions of the theory that suggest that super-particles might be harder to find and could take years to detect.
Professor George Smoot, Nobel prizewinner and one of the world’s most respected physicists commented: “Supersymmetry is an extremely beautiful model. It’s got symmetry, its super and its been taught in Europe for decades as the correct model because it is so beautiful; but there’s no experimental data to say that it is correct.”
As we commented earlier, justifying theories by mathematical ‘beauty’ alone, with no empirical basis, has led physics astray. Supersymmetry should never have been given “correct model” status, having several characteristics of pseudo-science.
This Theory Of Everything is based on multi-dimensional mathematics – a mathematical trick needing a strong health warning, eg. treating time as a 4th dimension does not make it equivalent and interchangeable with the three space dimensions. The latter are physical, defining the space in which electromagnetic (and gravitational) fields exist. In this context, the 10 or 11 dimensions of supersymmetry have to be seen as mathematical playthings and the whole ‘theory’ as so much pseudo-science.