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The trouble with physics : the rise of string theory, the fall of a science, and what comes next

Author: Lee Smolin
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A theoretical physicist describes the evolution of modern-day string theory, the flaws in the attempt to formulate a "theory of everything" to explain all the forces and particles of nature and the origins of the universe, and their repercussions for physics.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Smolin
ISBN: 9780618551057 0618551050 9780618918683 061891868X
OCLC Number: 64453453
Description: xxiii, 392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The five great problems in theoretical physics --
The beauty myth --
The world as geometry --
Unification becomes a science --
From unification to superunification --
Quantum gravity : the fork in the road --
Preparing for a revolution --
The first superstring revolution --
Revolution number two --
A theory of anything --
The anthropic solution --
What string theory explains --
Surprises from the real world --
Building on Einstein --
Physics after string theory --
How do you fight sociology? --
What is science? --
Seers and craftspeople --
How science really works --
What we can do for science.
Responsibility: Lee Smolin.
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A theoretical physicist describes the evolution of modern-day string theory, the flaws in the attempt to formulate a "theory of everything" to explain all the forces and particles of nature and the origins of the universe, and their repercussions for physics.

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