Lost in Math Lost in Math

Lost in Math

How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

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In this "provocative" book (New York Times), a contrarian physicist argues that her field's modern obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science.
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.

ЖАНР
Наука и природа
РЕЛИЗ
2018
12 июня
ЯЗЫК
EN
английский
ОБЪЕМ
304
стр.
ИЗДАТЕЛЬ
Basic Books
ПРОДАВЕЦ
Hachette Digital, Inc.
РАЗМЕР
9,1
МБ

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MCassidy8 ,

Great Read for us Nerds

It is a joy to read; made me regret my knowledge of math and physics is not greater. I am now considering auditing some courses at a local university.

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