The author argues that physics - the basis for all other science - has lost its way. He charts the rise and fall of string theory - an ambitious ...Show synopsisThe author argues that physics - the basis for all other science - has lost its way. He charts the rise and fall of string theory - an ambitious attempt to formulate 'a theory of everything' that explains all the forces of nature - and takes a fascinating look at what will replace it.Hide synopsis
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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.
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.
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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