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Lost in math : how beauty leads physics astray

Author: Sabine Hossenfelder
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2020.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sabine Hossenfelder
ISBN: 1541646762 9781541646766
OCLC Number: 1191811375
Notes: First Trade Paperback Edition: June 2020.
Description: xi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The hidden rules of physics --
What a wonderful world --
The state of the union --
Cracks in the foundations --
Ideal theories --
The incomprehensible comprehensibility of quantum mechanics --
One to rule them all --
Space, the final frontier --
The universe, all there is, and the rest --
Knowledge is power.
Responsibility: Sabine Hossenfelder.

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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.

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