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Woit, Peter

Overview
Works: 3 works in 36 publications in 5 languages and 1,088 library holdings
Genres: Popular works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: QC794.6.S85, 539.7258
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Most widely held works by Peter Woit
Not even wrong : the failure of string theory and the search for unity in physical law by Peter Woit( Book )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 975 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What happens when scientific theory departs the realm of testable hypothesis and comes to resemble something like aesthetic speculation, or even theology? The legendary physicist Wolfgang Pauli had a phrase for such ideas: He would describe them as "not even wrong," meaning that they were so incomplete that they could not even be used to make predictions to compare with observations to see whether they were wrong or not." "In Peter Woit's view, superstring theory is just such an idea. In Not Even Wrong, he explains that what many physicists call superstring "theory" is not a theory at all. It makes no predictions, right or wrong, and this very lack of falsifiability is what has allowed the subject to survive and flourish." "Woit tells the story of how the field of particle physics arrived at its current state and how it is in some ways a victim of its own success. He describes the exciting dialogue between mathematics and physics as well as the important role that mathematical beauty plays in the ongoing quest for new levels of understanding."--Jacket
Même pas fausse! : la physique renvoyée-- dans ses cordes by Peter Woit( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Not Even Wrong' describes the attempts of human beings to understand how the world works at the most fundamental level and what the role of mathematics is in its description. The author's perspective is unusual in that he is sceptical about string theory, which has dominated his field for 20 years
Topological charge in lattice gauge theory by Peter Woit( )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Not even wrong : the failure of string theory and the search for unity in physical law
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Peter Woit Amerikaans natuurkundige

Peter Woit amerikansk fysikar

Peter Woit amerikansk fysiker

Peter Woit físico estadounidense

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Peter Woit physicien américain

Peter Woit US-amerikanischer Physiker

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Même pas fausse! : la physique renvoyée-- dans ses cordes