Lost in Math

Lost in Math

How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

Book - 2018
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"Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these "too good to not be true" theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018
ISBN: 9780465094257
Characteristics: xi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Experiment should always be confirmed by theory. Many people will tell you the opposite, but they are amateurs. For a working scientist, if you do an experiment, and the result can't be explained by existing theory, the first thing you do is go back and figure out what's wrong with the experiment.


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