The Trouble With Physics

The Trouble With Physics

The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of A Science, and What Comes Next

eBook - 2007
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"A splendid, edifying report from the front lines of theorectical physics . . . A wonderful gift." The San Francisco Chronicle " "An uncommonly clear and confident account . . . Even those who differ with many of Smolin's contentions can applaud his bringing physicists' anguished night thoughts into the clear light of day." -- Tim Ferris "If you want to think in new ways about the interconnected universe around you, read Lee Smolin's provocative, inspiring book." -- Margaret Geller "The best book about contemporary science written for the layman that I have ever read ... Read this book. Twice." The Times of London
In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics -- the search for the laws of nature -- losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the public's imagination -- and the imagination of experts. But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and some, like string theory, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. Yet these speculations dominate the field, attracting the best talent and much of the funding and creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues. As Smolin points out, the situation threatens to impede the very progress of science. With clarity, passion, and authority, Smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics -- and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007
ISBN: 9780547348483
0547348487
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (416 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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KEVIN DOWD Aug 14, 2013

good behind the scenes look at the coming death of String Theory and what it means to science progress.

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Leonardo7
Aug 15, 2010

First noticed this book as the author commented on "You Are Not a Gadget" by Jaron Lanier. Hope to read it soon.

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sujacart
Aug 03, 2010

Three Roads to Quantum Gravity (2001) is the other book by Lee Smolin I am reading at this time. This one was written in 2006. Both are very clearly written and give me a very good idea on how physicist do their work. I should read all his book at a slower pace. Really helpful to facilitate understanding of this heavy kind of reading for someone with no physics background.

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Ichérō
Dec 08, 2007

A useful antidote to the string theory craze.

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