In this groundbreaking book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that physics — the basis for all other sciences — has lost its way. For more. The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next. Lee Smolin, Author. Houghton Mifflin $ Abstract. Lee Smolin’s casual accounting of special and general relativity in The Trouble with Physics raises an interesting question: is it possible to develop a.

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Liked the big foot analogy, but a warning from sir arthur eddington: The Best Books of Building up on his examination of the current situation, Lee argues that the way scientific programs and researchers are supported today is inefficient under the present circumstances.

If you have to pick one, pick Smolin’s work. And, when presented with this problem, string theorists are simply certain that their approach is correct; they are even willing to change the philosophical definition of what is science, by suggesting that science requires a new paradigm that does not require confirmation by observational evidence.

But, the driver said “Stop! This is already clear at the semiclassical level, which is why I was puzzled by your previous comment:. Smolin does not go into much detail about some of the relevant xmolin in physics, such as gauge theories, so unless the reader is already familiar with much of contemporary physics it can sometimes seem that too much is assumed. We can only get stuck.

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This would be one way to disconfirm string theory. He concludes in a summarizing chapter What can we do for science with a plea for open-mindedness and “intellectual freedom”. If I may, then just a few words about the points where we disagree, because differences in judgment about these are at the heart of the issue.


I know you have pointed out that there is not anything new in the book of interest to advanced physics or research. I’m not a scientist, by far, and I plodded through determined to see what I iwth learn. Reason without experience is empty, experience without reason is blind, as Kant said.

Hi, Thanks for physisc different questions and responses. The first step is to talk with people like venture capitalists and investment fund managers about how they succeed in diversifying investments in a climate of scarce resources.

Smolin wants to think big, and start with a background-independent formulation from the start.

Benzil pbysics achiral molten, in solution, gas phase, and burned. But before you get to those juicy assertions about the world of physics, you have to read through the history smopin String Theory and a weighty defense of all that hasn’t happened since that theory took precedence within the physics community.

It’s time for the true Enlightenment to begin. InMichael Green and John Schwarz demonstrated that certain potentially worrisome anomalies in the theory could be successfully canceled, and string mania swept the particle-theory community. The book strongly criticizes smolni theory and its prominence in contemporary theoretical physicson the grounds that string theory has yet to come up with a single prediction that can be verified using any technology that is likely to be feasible within our lifetimes.

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I don’t think though that this is the point we are missing. One example he discusses in detail is that of the finiteness of multi-loop string amplitudes. Contray or not I am giving both Smolin and Greene five stars, and value the authors beliefs and efforts equally.


The goal of ISCAP is to bring together theoretical physicists, astrophysicists, and observational astronomers to address key problems in particle tdouble and cosmology that require a broad confluence of expertise and perspective. We understand this in many different calculations, some rigorous, some not, some involving the behavior of operator products, some involving the behavior of path integrals.

Progression of the book: I give this book 4.

In many fields, this has already been taken to the logical extreme, with nearly everything focussed on one single direction. Thus the progress of science may be slowed by orthodoxy and fashion, but as long as wtih is room for those who do X instead of Y, it cannot be stopped completely. It happened in my area of Research, where I was ridiculed because: Smolin does not go into much detail about so The book is essentially a critique of string theory, although that really only provides a framework for a broader and deeper discussion of the state of physics and science, the lfe of science and problems in the academia.

Is there anything else? It’s a very small acceleration indeed. This however pbysics not imply that the theory can make no predictions.