The Trouble With Physics

The Trouble With Physics

By Lee Smolin

  • Release Date : 2007-09-04
  • Genre : Physics
  • FIle Size : 2.98 MB
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 13 Ratings

Description

The Trouble With Physics In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics -- the search for the laws of nature -- losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the public’s imagination -- and the imagination of experts. But these ideas have not been tested experimentally, and some, like string theory, seem to offer no possibility of being tested. Yet these speculations dominate the field, attracting the best talent and much of the funding and creating a climate in which emerging physicists are often penalized for pursuing other avenues. As Smolin points out, the situation threatens to impede the very progress of science. With clarity, passion, and authority, Smolin offers an unblinking assessment of the troubles that face modern physics -- and an encouraging view of where the search for the next big idea may lead.

Reviews

  • Highly Recommend

    5
    By Sean311
    This book has three great qualities: 1) Monetary value: It is a "$15 book" in both length and quality, but for $3. 2) Writing Style: The author uses superb analogies to illustrate physics concepts that range from basic to advanced. As someone whose degree is a B.A. and not a B.S., I found the mental pictures very helpful. 3) Honest & Upfront Perspective: In the book's introduction, I appreciate the author's account of his professional experiences and how they have influenced his perspectives. He states his goal of writing an objective book, but acknowledges his personal viewpoints right upfront. This allows the reader to absorb the book's information in a more balanced way.

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