Lost in Math : How Beauty Leads Physics Astray


Lost in Math : How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
Sabine Hossenfelder
Format
Hardback | 304 pages
Dimensions
157 x 236 x 33mm | 499g
Publication date
22 Jun 2018
Publisher
BASIC BOOKS
Language
English
Illustrations note
w. 18 figs.
ISBN10
0465094252
ISBN13
9780465094257
Bestsellers rank
59,220