The Trouble with Physics

The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next

Recommended by James Owen Weatherall, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #29 in Physics, Ranked #38 in Nuclear Physicssee more rankings.

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 than two centuries, our understanding of the laws of nature expanded rapidly. But today, despite our best efforts, we know nothing more about these laws than we knew in the 1970s. Why is physics suddenly in trouble? And what can we do about it?

One of the major problems, according to Smolin, is string theory: an ambitious attempt to formulate a “theory of everything” that explains all the particles and forces of nature and...

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James Owen Weatherall Smolin’s argument is that string theory is both puzzling and hugely problematic. (Source)

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