Bankrupting Physics How Today's Top Scientists Are Gambling Away Their Credibility

ISBN-10: 1137278234

ISBN-13: 9781137278234

Edition: 2013

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The recently celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public’s imagination with the promise that it can explain the origins of everything in the universe. It’s no wonder that the media refers to it grandly as the "God particle." Yet behind closed doors, physicists are admitting that there is much more to this story, and even years of gunning the Large Hadron Collider and herculean number crunching may still not lead to a deep understanding of the laws of nature. In this fascinating and eye-opening account, theoretical physicist Alexander Unzicker and science writer Sheilla Jones offer a polemic. They question whether the large-scale, multinational enterprises actually lead us to the promised land of understanding the universe. The two scientists take us on a tour of contemporary physics and show how a series of highly publicized theories met a dead end. Unzicker and Jones systematically unpack the recent hot theories such as "parallel universes," "string theory," and "inflationary cosmology," and provide an accessible explanation of each. They argue that physics has abandoned its evidence-based roots and shifted to untestable mathematical theories, and they issue a clarion call for the science to return to its experimental foundation.  
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

<p Sheilla Jones is an award-winning Canadian journalist and former CBC news editor with an advanced degree in theoretical physics. She has tackled a number of tantalizing ideas in physics, including the implications of living in a multi-universe in the CBC documentary <i Infinite Possibilities: The Science of Parallel Universes</i . She also regularly reviews science books for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail. She lives in Winnipeg.</p

Prologue: Relaxing, Exciting, and Overstrung Physics
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Not too Bad, Homo sapiens, But&#8230;
Reasons for Doubt: Something Is Rotten in the State of Physics
Galileo Would Freak Out!
A Quantum Leap in Measuring Devices: Why We Live in Fantastic Times
A Speedy Revolution
Why Cosmology Is Going the Wrong Way
Crossroads
The Basic Story
What Einstein Told Us about Gravity and Space-Time
Still a Mystery
Newton's Gravitational Constant: From England to the Edge of the Universe
The Riddle of Small Accelerations
Are Galaxies Really Just Big Planetary Systems?
Lost in the Dark
Dark Matter and Dark Energy: Invisible or All in Your Mind?
Precision in the Tea Leaves
Message from the Cosmic Microwave Background: How Much Is Just Noise?
Dead End
Muddy Water
The Cosmology of Dark Pixels in the First Dark Age: Giving Work to Supercomputers
Speculation Bubbles Rise
Expansion, Imagination, Inflation: Do We Know There Was a First Second?
Blacking Out
Black Holes, the Big Bang, and Quantum Gravity: Ecological Niches for Theorists
The Fianc�e You Won't Marry
The Standard Model of Particle Physics: How Playing with Mathematical Beauty Took Over Real Life
Chronicle of a Surprise Foretold
How Higgsteria Delayed the Bankruptcy of Particle Physics
New Dimensions in Nonsense Branes, Multiverses, and Other Supersicknesses: Physics Goes Nuts
Goodbye Science, Hello Religion
String Theory: How the Elite Became a Sect and a Mafia
Backing Up
Clear Water
Reason vs. Circular Logic: How Science Should Work
Welcome to Byzantium
Complications on Complications: How Physics Became a Junk Drawer
The First Wrong Turn
Deviation Decades Ago: Calculating Replaces Thinking
The Math Fallout
How Theoretical Fashions Impede Reflection
Big Science, Big Money, Big Bubbles
What's Wrong with the Physics Business
Outlook
Get Prepared for the Crash
Appendix
Thanks
Permissions
Notes
Literature
Index
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