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By Lee Smolin

ISBN-10: 0618551050

ISBN-13: 9780618551057

During this groundbreaking e-book, the popular theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that physics — the foundation for all different sciences — has misplaced its method. For greater than centuries, our realizing of the legislation of nature elevated speedily. yet at the present time, regardless of our greatest efforts, we all know not anything extra approximately those legislation than we knew within the Nineteen Seventies. Why is physics unexpectedly in difficulty? And what will we do approximately it?

One of the most important difficulties, in line with Smolin, is string conception: an bold try and formulate a “theory of everything” that explains all of the debris and forces of nature and the way the universe got here to be. With its unique new debris and parallel universes, string thought has captured the public’s mind's eye and seduced many physicists.

But as Smolin finds, there’s a deep flaw within the concept: no a part of it's been proven, and nobody is familiar with tips to try it. in truth, the speculation looks to return in an enormous variety of types, that means that no test will ever be capable to turn out it fake. As a systematic idea, it fails. and since it has soaked up the lion’s percentage of investment, attracted the very best minds, and successfully penalized younger physicists for pursuing different avenues, it truly is dragging the remainder of physics down with it.

With readability, ardour, and authority, Smolin charts the increase and fall of string thought and takes a desirable examine what's going to exchange it. a bunch of younger theorists has began to boost interesting rules that, not like string concept, are testable. Smolin not just tells us who and what to monitor for within the coming years, he bargains novel ideas for searching out and nurturing the simplest new talent—giving us an opportunity, in the end, of discovering the subsequent Einstein.

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