LHC results put supersymmetry theory ‘on the spot’

“It’s a beautiful idea. It explains dark matter, it explains the Higgs boson, it explains some aspects of cosmology; but that doesn’t mean it’s right.

“It could be that this whole framework has some fundamental flaws and we have to start over again and figure out a new direction,”


This is how Science is supposed to work. Supersymmetry is a beautiful theory with lots of explanatory power. But if the predictions don’t match with observational evidence, well, it is just pretty math.

Supersymmetry hasn’t been completely ruled out, yet, but the versions that remain viable are more theoretically complex, and that is never good news. Nature usually sides with elegant ideas. Sadly, one of the elegant ideas to lose out will be String Theory, which requires Supersymmetry.

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