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

Author: Peter Woit
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2006.
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"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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Woit
ISBN: 0465092756 9780465092758 0465092764 9780465092765
OCLC Number: 67840232
Description: xix, 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Particle physics at the turn of the millennium --
The instruments of production --
Quantum theory --
Quantum field theory --
Gauge symmetry and Gauge theories --
The standard model --
Triumph of the standard model --
Problems of the standard model --
Beyond the standard model --
New insights in quantum field theory and mathematics --
String theory : history --
String theory and supersymmetry : an evaluation --
On beauty and difficulty --
Is superstring theory science? --
The Bogdanov affair --
The only game in town : the power and the glory of string theory --
The landscape of string theory --
Other points of view.
Responsibility: Peter Woit.
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Woit offers an authoritative and well-reasoned account of string theory's fashionable status among today's theoretical physicists, and its promising new directions, including the role of beauty in  Read more...

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