‘CERN need not spend so much on LHC experiment’
Father of String Theory and noted physics scientist Holger Bech Neilsen of Denmark has said that contributions from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN are over-rated and that there is no need for spending so much on the experiment.
Interacting with the students and faculty of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, here on Monday, Prof. Neilsen said that he discouraged spending huge funds on such research projects.
When asked how he would justify the need for unification, considering the fact that individually theories such as quantum mechanics and gravitation have been showing good results, he said that there was no ardent need for a unified theory of everything but that such a theory would bring about new perspectives of understanding the world around us.
Prof. Neilsen who was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize was here at NIT on a two-day visit at the invitation of the students.
The picture with the article show a blackboard where Nielsen has been explaining superstring theory to the students. The talk supposedly was on April 2, so presumably this wasn’t an April 1 performance. I guess he’s right: since string theory says nothing about LHC physics, the machine is kind of pointless.
Update: A commenter points to this video interview with Nielsen made during his trip to India.