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Title The trouble with physics : the rise of string theory, the fall of a science, and what comes next / Lee Smolin.
Author Smolin, Lee, 1955-
Imprint Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2007, ©2006.
Edition 1st Mariner books ed.
Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 392 pages)
Call # eBOOK
Note "A Mariner book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-371) and index.
Summary 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.
Contents The five great problems in theoretical physics -- The beauty myth -- The world as geometry -- Unification becomes a science -- From unification to superunification -- Quantum gravity : the fork in the road -- Preparing for a revolution -- The first superstring revolution -- Revolution number two -- A theory of anything -- The anthropic solution -- What string theory explains -- Surprises from the real world -- Building on Einstein -- Physics after string theory -- How do you fight sociology? -- What is science? -- Seers and craftspeople -- How science really works -- What we can do for science.
Note Print version record.
Subject Physics -- Methodology -- History -- 20th century.
String models.
SCIENCE -- Physics -- General.
Physics -- Methodology. (OCoLC)fst01063075
String models. (OCoLC)fst01135293
Quantum Physics (Quantum Mechanics & Quantum Field Theory)
Philosophy Of Science.
Genre Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: 061891868X
ISBN 1299881165 (electronic bk.)
9781299881167 (electronic bk.)
9780547348483 (electronic bk.)
0547348487 (electronic bk.)
9780141919638 (electronic bk.)
0141919639 (electronic bk.)

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