Not Even Wrong
The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law for Unity in Physical Law
By (author) Peter Woit
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Not Even Wrong by Peter Woit
Book DescriptionWhen does physics depart the realm of testable hypothesis and come to resemble theology? Peter Woit argues that string theory isn't just going in the wrong direction, it's not even science. Not Even Wrong shows that what many physicists call superstring "theory" is not a theory at all. It makes no predictions, not even wrong ones, and this very lack of falsifiability is what has allowed the subject to survive and flourish. Peter Woit explains why the mathematical conditions for progress in physics are entirely absent from superstring theory today, offering the other side of the story.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465092765
(203mm x 135mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Woit
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Tells a complex story about human beings and their attempts to come to grips with perhaps the most intellectually demanding puzzle there is: how does the world work at the most fundamental level and what is the role of mathematics in its description? It considers what the role of beauty may be in mathematics and physics.
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Author Biography - Peter Woit
Peter Woit is a lecturer in the mathematics department of Columbia University, where in recent years he has taught graduate courses in quantum field theory, representation theory, and differential geometry. His math and physics blog, Not Even Wrong (www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress), has been featured in Discover, Seed, and New Scientist. He lives in New York.
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