Friday, June 02, 2006
Not Even Wrong
Roger Penrose calls it, "compulsive reading", but Peter Woit's new book, Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Continuing Challenge to Unify the Laws of Physics...
has a much greater potential for compelling the mainstream to openly question String Theory, when Peter's book gets published at about the same time as Lee Smolin's new book, The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next".
What comes next should be to fix what never got fixed before moving on...
I think that timing makes this relevant since this piece just appeared in the Finacial Times by, Science Writer, Robert Mathews... who severely thrashes String Theory for the farce that it will rapidly become known as, when the carefully manicured public finally gets the wake-up call that string theory is actually just a big ball of mathematical yarn.
Luckily for the world of string theory fanatics, we have the most fanatical of them all, Lubos Motl, to call everyone that doesn't buy the constant barrage of string theory hype, ignorant crackpots. He says that because he believes-in math theorems that may very well eventually prove to reflect no actual physics.
It's funny, but the way I learned physics from decent honest scientists, a crackpot was someone like Lumo, who takes for granted that no new information can overturn their otherwise crackpot-theory. Fanatics, in other words, who enable their belief system to produce willful ignorance that cannot be reasoned beyond with new facts.
Posted by island at 1:37 PM