In this groundbreaking book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that physics — the basis for all other sciences — has lost its way. For more. The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next. Lee Smolin, Author. Houghton Mifflin $ Abstract. Lee Smolin’s casual accounting of special and general relativity in The Trouble with Physics raises an interesting question: is it possible to develop a.

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The Trouble With Physics

The author was hopeful in that regard. September smoin, at August 31, at 8: Sean, In the past you have criticized scientists for being ignorant of philosophy, especially for making statements about philosophy without formal training.

In an iinterview at http: No landscape problem here. The Trouble With Physics The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, And What Comes Next Lee’s physis analyzes the present stagnation that we experience in theoretical physics with the intention to understand its cause, and he proposes a strategy to ameliorate the situation.

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Both creatures are probably interesting gentlemen simply wanting to discuss landscape designs with you It’s impossible, though, for a person without adequate physics background to appreciate Mr.

Not many other scientific theories can match such a list. The tendency of a group of human beings to quickly come to believe something that its individual members will later see as obviously false is truly amazing.

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Just as a point of information, Sean is most certainly a physicist by training. Do you have a proposal for some weaker form of the conjecture that is actually consistent with all the currently-known evidence? I know you have pointed out that there is not anything new in the book of interest to advanced physics or research. Most physics books acknowledge that there are certain unknowns such as dark matter or certain aspects of string theory, but they all cleverly hide the real, and somewhat desperate, situation with contemporary physics.

All solutions to a model must have a physical corrspondence in the real world. No anomaly is detectable above noise.

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The research groups have collaborations in US and Europe. LQG is far smaller and younger then String theory, whether or not we are heading towards a first revolution the next few years will show. I cannot imagine a more fundamental question. Researchers speak of its “elegance” and “beauty,” and its supposed symmetry, which was never proven, was held up as sjolin of its most important aspects.

Revolutions are when things abruptly change; the last big one was at the beginning of the twentieth century. The books talks a great deal about the things with String theory and its different forms, how it is trying to incorporate general relativity and quantum gravity as well as other major problems of physics.

Dec 30, Cassandra Kay Silva rated it it was amazing Shelves: And would Nestle sponsor that? He was a graduate student at Harvard during the lew years that I was an undergraduate there, and describes well that place and time.


So I am not willing to engage with people who are not willing to recognize good faith and respond in kind.

No theory can survive empirical falsification. Smolin also complains about the tendency of string theorists trkuble hype their field. Can’t we explore some more.

Smolin started out wanting to write about the sociology of research funding in the US. Dear Lubos, regarding the fact that you’ve just judged the book by it’s cover, I can’t help ssmolin wonder what exactly is your threshold for ignorance?

So let us be unemotional or try to: This is pretty important, it is how uv finiteness is shown. I believe the case for background independence is convincing and that many who are not convinced have simply not thought the issue through carefully enough.

September 2, at 4: As far as I know, there are lots of observations speaking against ballistic theories, from the original, astronomical de Sitter argument with double stars, over the discussions of Fox Am.