By reading this koob, you will learn how fundamental physics’ search for the laws of nature is losing its way, with progress grinding to a halt.
You will also discover:
The questions modern theoretical physics are trying to answer
The history of string theory
The shortcomings of string theory
The toxic culture in academic science
The alternatives to string theory
Theoretical physics is hard, not because of the math involved, but because of the risk. Renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin explains how the rise of string theory has split the scientific community in two. Despite its promise and the enormous resources allocated to it, Smolin explains the many shortcomings of the theory. He also exposes the arrogant, toxic culture behind it. Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at what some of the brightest minds in physics are searching for.