Book ID: CBB845054764

Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray (2018)

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Hossenfelder, Sabine (Author)


Basic Books


Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 304 pages
Language: English

A contrarian argues that modern physicists' obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad science Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria. Worse, these "too good to not be true" theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul-de-sac. To escape, physicists must rethink their methods. Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth.

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Authors & Contributors
Allison, Henry E.
Ploeger, Joanna S.
Steigerwald, Joan
Engler, Gideon
Regt, Henk W. de
Mlodinow, Leonard
Journals
International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
History and Technology
Journal of the History of Biology
Perspectives on Science
Hyle
Medical History
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Warner Books
J. Vrin
Stanford University Press
Ediciones Polifemo
Oxford University Press
Concepts
Aesthetics
Physics
Science and art
Philosophy
Experiments and experimentation
Visual representation; visual communication
People
Kant, Immanuel
Wilson, Robert Rathbun
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Einstein, Albert
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Schrödinger, Erwin
Time Periods
18th century
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Early modern
Places
Germany
United States
France
Spain
Prussia (Germany)
Institutions
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (United States)
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