I was looking in New Scientist the other day when I saw something to do with the Higgs boson, energy levels, entropy, space/time, quantum oscillations and many other things. It was in a feature to do with symmetry. I have read up about this and I know that the magazine does not accept original works, so I guess that this is mainstream physics.
The above is a diagram of what I'm talking about. This is how it appears in the magazine:
According to NS, a ball (like the blue one above) that is sitting at the top of a piece of space/time warped like this has an unstable energy level and position. Given the slightest nudge, it will "fall" into a lower energy state and quantum oscillations (which occur as is "rolls" up and down the "pit") caused by the uncertainty principle create Higgs bosons in the Higgs field.
I have pondered this repetitively, and it still looks like nonsense (even in the eyes of quantum physics). What I want to know is: has this been regarded as true or is this "complete nonsense"? And if so, how can the uncertainty principle cause such things to happen?
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What I do not understand is how a vacuum generates Higgs particles if it has no mass - unless it's trading it with energy.
What is actually happening (the magazine hasn't described it in enough detail for me to understand)?
(It's hard for me to visualise; it's an entirely new concept to visualise for me.)