Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical LawAt what point does theory depart the realm of testable hypothesis and come to resemble something like aesthetic speculation, or even theology? The legendary physicist Wolfgang Pauli had a phrase for such ideas: He would describe them as "not even wrong," meaning that they were so incomplete that they could not even be used to make predictions to compare with observations to see whether they were wrong or not. In Peter Woit's view, superstring theory is just such an idea. In Not Even Wrong, he shows that what many physicists call superstring "theory" is not a theory at all. It makes no predictions, even wrong ones, and this very lack of falsifiability is what has allowed the subject to survive and flourish. Not Even Wrong explains why the mathematical conditions for progress in physics are entirely absent from superstring theory today and shows that judgments about scientific statements, which should be based on the logical consistency of argument and experimental evidence, are instead based on the eminence of those claiming to know the truth. In the face of many books from enthusiasts for string theory, this book presents the other side of the story. 
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Inhalt
Particle Physics at the Turn of the Millennium  1 
The Instruments of Production  5 
Quantum Theory  29 
Quantum Field Theory  49 
Gauge Symmetry and Gauge Theories  59 
The Standard Model  67 
Triumph of the Standard Model  85 
Problems of the Standard Model  91 
On Beauty and Difficulty  193 
Is Superstring Theory Science?  203 
The Bogdanov Affair  213 
The Only Game in Town The Power and the Glory of String Theory  221 
The Landscape of String Theory  237 
Other Points of View  247 
Conclusion  255 
Acknowledgments  265 
Beyond the Standard Model  95 
New Insights in Quantum Field Theory and Mathematics  105 
String Theory History  139 
String Theory and Supersymmetry An Evaluation  161 
Notes  269 
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Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in ... Peter Woit Eingeschränkte Leseprobe  2007 
Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in ... Peter Woit Keine Leseprobe verfügbar  2007 
Häufige Begriffe und Wortgruppen
able accelerator algebra appeared argument beam beauty become breaking calculation called chapter classical collider complex consistent construction continue cosmic rays described dimensions distance early electron energy equations existence expansion experiment experimental explain fact forces four fundamental gauge symmetry geometry give given going gravity hope idea important interaction interesting invariant involved kind known later look mass mathematicians mathematics nature needed observed operator particle physics physicists possible predictions Press principle problem produce properties proton quantum field theory quantum mechanics quarks question reason recent relativity representation rotations scale solutions sort space special relativity standard model string theory structure success superstring theory supersymmetry symmetry theoretical theorists things tion topological transformations turned understand unified units University vacuum vector Weyl Witten YangMills
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