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Bankrupting Physics

How Today's Top Scientists are Gambling Away Their Credibility

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The recently celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public's imagination with the promise that it can explain the origins of everything in the universe. It's no wonder that the media refers to it grandly as the "God particle." Yet behind closed doors, physicists are admitting that there is much more to this story, and even years of gunning the Large Hadron Collider and herculean number crunching may still not lead to a deep understanding of the laws of nature. In this fascinating and eye-opening account, theoretical physicist Alexander Unzicker and science writer Sheilla Jones offer a polemic. They question whether the large-scale, multinational enterprises actually lead us to the promised land of understanding the universe. The two scientists take us on a tour of contemporary physics and show how a series of highly publicized theories met a dead end. Unzicker and Jones systematically unpack the recent hot theories such as "parallel universes," "string theory," and "inflationary cosmology," and provide an accessible explanation of each. They argue that physics has abandoned its evidence-based roots and shifted to untestable mathematical theories, and they issue a clarion call for the science to return to its experimental foundation.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 03, 2013 – Behind today s increasingly far-fetched physics theories, there s a rising chorus grumbling that the discipline has lost its way. The authors of this witty and earnest book of doubts join that choir, explaining how modern physics became lost at sea and what it can do to recover. The Standard Model of physics a roster of particles and forces and their interactions depends on 17 constants (numbers unexplained by the theory); galaxies spin faster than they should, thanks to dark matter but after chasing it for 80 years, we still don t know what it is; and some theorists say there is a dark energy pushing the universe apart, which is created by a field called the quintessence, a concept straight out of speculative medieval science. And then there s the niggling worry that values like G, the gravitational constant, might not be so constant, or that our perception of time isn t correct. From Higgsmania and string theory to cosmological mysteries, neuroscientist Unzicker and Jones (The Quantum Ten) lobby for math that s more down-to-earth and a reorientation of attention toward phenomena that can actually be measured. Their assertion that science means, after all, not being a sucker is well worth taking to heart.
Bankrupting Physics
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Physics
  • Published: Jul 30, 2013
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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