Main Question or Discussion Point
Do physicists expect to find magnetic monopoles once a sufficiently obnoxious particle accelerator is built?
The Higgs boson was expected - and compared to that, monopoles are not expected.So the basic answer is: "No, unlike the Higgs boson, monopoles are not predicted with any degree of certainty." Correct?
I come to the opposite conclusion: Magnetic monopoles would give symmetric Maxwell equations.mrspeedybob said:Once you understand the relationship between the electrostatic force and the magnetic force magnetic monopoles make no sense.
I wouldn't say it like that as there isn't any certainty here. I would say that existence of monopoles does not affect the current batch of testable theories that we have. Monopoles could exist, but right now there isn't a theory that we can test that would demonstrate that the existence of magnetic monopoles would affect the results of the experiment. For now, testable aspects of theories that have magnetic monopoles will predict the same physics that theories without magnetic monopoles.So the basic answer is: "No, unlike the Higgs boson, monopoles are not predicted with any degree of certainty." Correct?