A tribe of String Theorists is shown in the primeval African desert picking fleas off each other and scavenging for food, competing with pigs for wild seeds and roots. A leopard kills one member of the tribe, and later that day they are driven away from their watering hole by an enemy tribe of apes. The future looks very grim for this tribe of String Theorists. The LHC is very unlikely to shed much light on their theories, and it’s also very unlikely that a successor to the LHC, one capable of probing substantially higher energies, will be built by the world community in the next few decades.
Disgruntled and defeated, they sleep overnight in some crags surrounding a rocky crater. Upon awakening, they find that a black monolith, a Quantum Fog 9000 Quantum Computer, has appeared in the crater. They approach it shrieking and jumping, and eventually touch it cautiously.
Soon after encountering the Quantum Fog 9000 QC, one of the String Theorists sees QC simulations in a new light. He uses one to pound on a pile of bones, the skeletal remains of earlier theories. Shortly thereafter, the previously herbivorous tribe of String Theorists is shown eating meat. Presumably they’ve used their QC simulation to kill a pig.
Armed with QC simulations, the tribe of String Theorists attacks the enemy tribe at the watering hole and they kill its leader. As they beat him to death with their QC simulations, the other members of the enemy tribe are shown cowering back in fear.
Flush with victory, the leader of the tribe of String Theorists flings his QC simulation high up into the sky. In mid-flight, the QC simulation transmutes into a cylindrical spacecraft floating in space, orbiting a planet. It’s now millions of years after the dawn of Man, when String Theorists invented the first, primitive QC String Theory simulation tools. Now those tools have evolved into much more advanced QC simulations of quantum-gravity that are routinely used by advanced spacetime travelers.
More posts about String Theory in this blog:
- Why String Theorists Should Switch Fields to Quantum Computing
- Of Bananas and String Theorists
- My Prediction for 2012: Quantum Computerists Will Occupy String Theory Bastions Like Princeton’s IAS
- Why be a Physics Castrato When You Could be a Tenor or a Soprano?
- Mission Impossible For String Theorists
References: (I may have borrowed some phrases from some of them)
- Wikipedia entry for “2001:_A_Space_Odyssey_(film)”
- Fogs’ Movie Reviews
Movies That Everyone Should See: “2001: A Space Odyssey”
- You Tube video of first section (called The Dawn of Man) of 1968 film “2001 A Space Odyssey” (The original first section is 15 minutes long. This video is 9.3 minutes long)