The hypotheses of physics — answers to frequently asked questions

In XX century, theorizing in physics gradually began to extend beyond the description of the available observations and predict the unexpected and counter-intuitive phenomena, which later turned out to be a reality. Einstein said of the creation of the theory of relativity: I gradually lost faith in the possibility of opening a real laws with the help of design, based on the known facts. The more I tried unsuccessfully, the more came to the conclusion that only the discovery of the universal principle can give the result. Such an approach got the avalanche-like development in the second half of the century, and in fact ended the creation of the “theory of everything.” However, it can be tested experimentally very little, whether or not it is correct, since that requires enormous energy and unprecedented investment. Nevertheless, its harmony and compliance with the earlier-accumulated knowledge stimulate further theoretical and experimental studies. In that work, people also hope to eventually enter new technological frontier, as has often happened in the history of science.

Rolf Hauer -- director of CERN

Nobody knows what will future experiments give.