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5th force in string theory?

  1. Apr 17, 2005 #1
    I read in Elegant Universe there is a 5th force predicted by the string theory. Anybody know what it is ?
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  3. Apr 18, 2005 #2
    The "5th force" proposed in the Elegant Universe is the Higgs field, which is thought to permeate space. The Higgs boson is the carrier particle of the Higgs field. This hypothesis says that the Higgs field is what gives particles thier mass through the Higgs mechanism.

    As of now, the Higgs boson has yet to be proven to exist. Scientists say that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, which opens in 2007, will be able to prove or disprove the existence of the Higgs particle.

    Last edited: Apr 18, 2005
  4. Apr 19, 2005 #3
    What do you mean by permeate space?
  5. Apr 19, 2005 #4


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    It means the Higgs field is literally everywhere (including the places where there's no matter or energy).
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