Trouble with Physics The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

ISBN-10: 061891868X

ISBN-13: 9780618918683

Edition: 13th 2006

Authors: Lee Smolin
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Description: In this groundbreaking book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physicsthe search for the laws of natureis losing its way. One of the major problems, according to Smolin, is the growing gulf between the speculations of theorists and reality as revealed by experiment. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured our imaginations. But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and somestring theory, for exampleseem to offer no possibility for experimental tests. And because these ideas have tied up funding and talent to the detriment of other pursuits, they threaten to impede the progress of science. With clarity, passion, and authority, Smolin charts the rise and fall of string theory and takes a fascinating look at what will replace it.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 13th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/4/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made important contributions to quantum gravity. He was educated at Hampshire College and Harvard University. He is a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His earlier books explore philosophical issues raised by contemporary physics and cosmology: Life of the Cosmos, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, The Trouble with Physics, and Time Reborn.

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