The Trouble With Physics by Lee Smolin
The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

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In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics -- the search for the laws of nature -- losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the public’s imagination -- and the imagination of experts. But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and some, like string theory, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. Yet these speculations dominate the field, attracting the best talent and much of the funding and creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues. As Smolin points out, the situation threatens to impede the very progress of science. With clarity, passion, and authority, Smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics -- and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead.
 

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Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made influential contributions to the search for a unification of physics. He is a founding faculty member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His previous books include The Trouble with Physics, The Life of the Cosmos and Three Roads to Quantum Gravity.
 
Published September 4, 2007 by Mariner Books. 420 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Has science lost its way? What is the nature of the universe, and more importantly, how do we go about discovering it?

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Has science lost its way? What is the nature of the universe, and more importantly, how do we go about discovering it?

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So says Lee Smolin, a reformed string theorist and outspoken commentator on what he sees as an academic patronage system that encourages further research into string theory despite a lack of experimental evidence that supports its claims.

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