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The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

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With clarity, passion, and authority, renowned theoretical physicist Smolin charts the rise and fall of string theory and takes a fascinating look at ... Show synopsis

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David  L

Physical Forces

by David L on Mar 1, 2013

This book covers the forces in the atom, and questions of modern physics. The author covered the relations between strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force, and gravation. He explained the developments of string theory in relation to these forces: its success at explaination and its failures. One unique item in this book is the author's posing of 5 questions Physics needs to answer in the modern era; so they can explain the forces of nature correctly.

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Alber77

A welcome dose of sanity

by Alber77 on Aug 27, 2009

Prof. Smolin grapples with the question of whether our understanding of the most basic questions of our physical universe is progressing. Contrary to popular belief and and to the view of many theoreticiians his answer is a definite, 'No'. He proves his point by examining progress in physics in the past and describing the characteristics of real progress . The book is well written and does not require a PhD in physics to understand.

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LumpySwede

Interesting Book

by LumpySwede on Apr 26, 2007

It's a good book about physics but not for the beginner. It discusses and criticizes string theory and it's alternatives, this was the part I found most interesting. It really showed that there are a lot of interesting theories besides string theory, most of them I had never read about before. It also addresses the dominance of string theory among researchers during the last 25-30 years and the problems it's lead to. This part I skimmed after awhile.

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