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Not even wrong : the failure of string theory and the continuing challenge to unify the laws of physics

Author: Peter Woit
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Woit
ISBN: 9780099488644 0099488647
OCLC Number: 84995224
Notes: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2006.
Description: xiii, 290 pages ; 20 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 --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Peter Woit.

Abstract:

Despite its successes, the Standard Model does not answer all the key questions and physicists continuing search for answers led to the development of superstring theory.  Read more...
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"Highly readable, accessible and powerfully persuasive" -- John Cornwell * Sunday Times * "Will embolden other string critics to speak up and encourage talented young physicists to pursue other lines Read more...

 
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