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The problem with physics
01-08-2008, 03:11 AM,
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The problem with physics
The problem with physics
by Peter Woit, COSMOS magazine

Physics has become obsessed with strings, branes and multiple dimensions, yet the big questions remain fundamentally unanswered. Has the time come to admit these wild conjectures have failed, and move on?

I was recently talking with a colleague who was a fellow theoretical physics graduate student at Princeton University back in the early 1980s. He had been thinking about an obscure academic physics journal he would occasionally skim in the library during those years. This journal was filled with bizarre extra-dimensional models of particles and forces, esoteric ideas about cosmology, and a slew of highly speculative theorising, with little in common other than a lack of any solid evidence for a connection with reality.

"You know," he said, "at the time I thought these things were a joke, but now when I look at mainstream physics papers, they remind me a lot of what was in that journal."

Why is it that central parts of mainstream physics have started to take on aspects that used to characterise the outer fringes of the subject? At the very centre of the physics establishment, things have been getting more and more peculiar.

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01-08-2008, 03:31 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-08-2008, 03:56 AM by drew hempel.)
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The problem with physics
Yeah -- basically physics has ALWAYS been confused. Consider this discussion on the difference between momentum, mass, force, etc. It ends by handing over the paradoxes to Einstein yet his work is now considered in question as well....

http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=91207

Yeah this new David Lindley book is excellent:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/02/12/features/booktue.php
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01-08-2008, 09:31 AM,
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The problem with physics
Start digginout the Aether books.. we got some work to do.
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