Science 'God particle' could destroy universe, says Stephen Hawking

God particle: The Higgs boson, frequently referred to as the 'God particle' over the objections of scientists, could usher in a quantum doomsday, says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. 

By , LiveScience Staff Writer


Stephen Hawking bet Gordon Kane $100 that physicists would not discover the Higgs boson. After losing that bet when physicists detected the particle in 2012, Hawking lamented the discovery, saying it made physics less interesting. Now, in the preface to a new collection of essays and lectures called "Starmus," the famous theoretical physicist is warning that the particle could one day be responsible for the destruction of the known universe.