Woit, Peter
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Works:  7 works in 55 publications in 6 languages and 1,269 library holdings 

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Peter Woit
Not even wrong : the failure of string theory and the search for unity in physical law by
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28 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 987 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
28 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 987 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
Quantum theory, groups and representations : an introduction by
Peter Woit(
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13 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This text systematically presents the basics of quantum mechanics, emphasizing the role of Lie groups, Lie algebras, and their unitary representations. The mathematical structure of the subject is brought to the fore, intentionally avoiding significant overlap with material from standard physics courses in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The level of presentation is attractive to mathematics students looking to learn about both quantum mechanics and representation theory, while also appealing to physics students who would like to know more about the mathematics underlying the subject. This text showcases the numerous differences between typical mathematical and physical treatments of the subject. The latter portions of the book focus on central mathematical objects that occur in the Standard Model of particle physics, underlining the deep and intimate connections between mathematics and the physical world. While an elementary physics course of some kind would be helpful to the reader, no specific background in physics is assumed, making this book accessible to students with a grounding in multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Many exercises are provided to develop the reader's understanding of and facility in quantumtheoretical concepts and calculations
13 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This text systematically presents the basics of quantum mechanics, emphasizing the role of Lie groups, Lie algebras, and their unitary representations. The mathematical structure of the subject is brought to the fore, intentionally avoiding significant overlap with material from standard physics courses in quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. The level of presentation is attractive to mathematics students looking to learn about both quantum mechanics and representation theory, while also appealing to physics students who would like to know more about the mathematics underlying the subject. This text showcases the numerous differences between typical mathematical and physical treatments of the subject. The latter portions of the book focus on central mathematical objects that occur in the Standard Model of particle physics, underlining the deep and intimate connections between mathematics and the physical world. While an elementary physics course of some kind would be helpful to the reader, no specific background in physics is assumed, making this book accessible to students with a grounding in multivariable calculus and linear algebra. Many exercises are provided to develop the reader's understanding of and facility in quantumtheoretical concepts and calculations
Même pas fausse! : la physique renvoyée dans ses cordes by
Peter Woit(
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9 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 80 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
9 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 80 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
Not even wrong : the failure of string theory and the search for unity in physical law by
Peter Woit(
Book
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2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
2 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Topological charge in lattice gauge theory by
Peter Woit(
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1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Not even wrong(
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in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A wonderfully intelligent, clear, and cerebral blog about physics and string theory
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
A wonderfully intelligent, clear, and cerebral blog about physics and string theory
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 松浦, 俊輔 1956
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Woit, P. 1957
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