Synopses & Reviews
When does physics depart the realm of testable hypothesis and come to resemble theology? Peter Woit argues that string theory isnt just going in the wrong direction, its not even science. Not Even Wrong shows that what many physicists call superstring theory” is not a theory at all. It makes no predictions, not even wrong ones, and this very lack of falsifiability is what has allowed the subject to survive and flourish. Peter Woit explains why the mathematical conditions for progress in physics are entirely absent from superstring theory today, offering the other side of the story.
How does the world work and what is mathematics' role in its description? An authoritative and well-reasoned account of string theory's fashionable status among today's theoretical physicists, and promising new directions, including the role of beauty in mathematics and physics.
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Woit offers an authoritative and well-reasoned account of string theory's fashionable status among today's theoretical physicists, and its promising new directions, including the role of beauty in mathematics and physics.
Has physics gone off in the wrong direction? Peter Woit presents the other side of the growing debate on string theory--arguing that it's not even science
About the Author
Peter Woit is a lecturer in the mathematics department of Columbia University, where in recent years he has taught graduate courses in quantum field theory, representation theory, and differential geometry. His math and physics blog, Not Even Wrong (www.math.columbia.edu/~woit/wordpress), has been featured in Discover, Seed, and New Scientist. He lives in New York.