The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Sep 4, 2007 - Science - 416 pages
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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.
 

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Smolin Sets It Straight

User Review  - Joanna G, Merch - Borders

In a world gone mad for string theory, Smolin delivers a thoughtful argument against the “theory” that’s captured the minds of physicists and non-scientists alike. A great counter to the equally ... Read full review

Smolin Sets It Straight

User Review  - Joanna G, Merch - Borders

In a world gone mad for string theory, Smolin delivers a thoughtful argument against the “theory” that’s captured the minds of physicists and non-scientists alike. A great counter to the equally ... Read full review

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Contents

A Brief History of String Theory
99
Beyond String Theory
201
Learning from Experience
259
Notes
359
Acknowledgments
372
Index
375
Back Flap
393
Back Cover
394
Spine
395
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Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made influential contributions to the search for a unification of physics. He is a founding faculty member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His previous books include The Trouble with Physics, The Life of the Cosmos and Three Roads to Quantum Gravity.

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