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Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray - Sabine Hossenfelder
Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
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A contrarian argues that modern physicists' 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... show more
A contrarian argues that modern physicists' 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.
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Format: ebook
ISBN: 9780465094257 (0465094252)
Publisher: Basic Books
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Yzabel
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4.0 Lost In Math
[I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.]I can’t say for sure that I understood everything in this book, since my knowledge of physics in general is very patchy, but overall, I liked its tone, and its global idea, because I can get why one would be easily led astray by theories that look ‘bea...
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4.0 Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
TITLE: Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray AUTHOR: Sabine Hossenfelder PUBLICATION DATE: 12 June 2018 FORMAT: ARC ebook ISBN-13: 9780465094257 _______________________________ NOTE: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opini...
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4.0 Implausifiability in Physics: “Lost in Math - How Beauty Leads Physics Astray” by Sabine Hossenfelder
“The time it takes to test a new fundamental law of nature can be longer than a scientist’s career. This forces theorists to draw upon criteria other than empirical adequacy to decide which research avenues to pursue. Aesthetic appeal is one of them. In our search for new ideas, beauty plays many ro...
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