Thursday, January 15, 2015

The End of Physics?

Bryan Appleyard on the growing opinion "that the wild claims of theoretical physicists are threatening the authority of science itself" — Physics: Superstitions and Allegories?
    So when did it all go so horribly wrong? The critics would say in 1984 when a new idea – superstrings – suddenly seemed to offer physicists an escape from a dead end left behind by Einstein.
I heard so much from students and colleagues while working at the prestigious Pohang University of Science and Technology, from a Korean Ph.D. student arguing that string theory was theology, or rather a-theology, and an American colleague who when asked about the idea of a multiverse responded, "I hate it."

Mr. Appleyard cites as most "damagingly, the idea that the human mind, unaided except by mathematics, can encompass the universe has downgraded nature and deluded us into thinking we can do anything."

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