Cliff Burgess on the discovery of the Higgs boson
Dirac was one of the first who said how vacuum is important.
" The problem of the exact description of vacuum, in my opinion,
is the basic problem now before physics. Really, if you can’t correctly
describe the vacuum, how it is possible to expect a correct description
of something more complex? "
/ Paul Dirac ./
And Cliff Burgess ( himself a theoretical particle physicist
and professor of physics and astronomy ) forgot Dirac name.
In 1928 Dirac said that ‘ virtual particles’ exist in vacuum
but until now we don’t know their essence.
Because as ‘a theoretical particle physicist and professor
of physics and astronomy’ said :
‘Suppose you were interested in the properties of fish and how
they move and why some fish move faster than others given
the same amount of effort. This would be very hard if you
did not understand what water was.
In order to understand properly the motion of fish, you must first
also understand the environment through which they move.’
It means that to know properties of fish- particles at first we need
to understand environment – VACUUM through which the
fish- particles move.
Today physicists refuse to take vacuum as a real conception
as a fundament of Universe.
Book : ‘Dreams of a final theory’
by Steven Weinberg. Page 138.
‘ It is true . . . there is such a thing as absolute zero; we cannot
reach temperatures below absolute zero not because we are not
sufficiently clever but because temperatures below absolute zero
simple have no meaning.’
/ Steven Weinberg. The Nobel Prize in Physics 1979 /
Therefore theoretical physics full with abstractions and puzzles.
The most fundamental question facing 21st century physics will be:
What is the vacuum? As quantum mechanics teaches us, with
its zero point energy this vacuum is not empty and the word
vacuum is a gross misnomer!
/ Prof. Friedwardt Winterberg /