Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth. Jim Baggott. Pegasus, $ (p) ISBN. Two writers argue that modern science needs to get a grip on reality, rejecting ‘ timeless’ theories of the universe and the ‘fairytale’ physics of. It’s always good when a book of popular science has a clear line to argue, and Jim Baggott’s line is very clear indeed: modern physics has.
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Peter, who is no great fan of string theory, will not dispute this. Too many scientists are doing backflips trying to justify a particular religious world view rather than actually observing the universe as if answering questions like “Is there a God?
Now travel back in time two, three or four centuries, and think about the mathematical tools being developed at that time, and contextualize them in relation to the communities at large, at that time, and the technical tools, i. You just discussed a paper of yourself that might have benefited from this speculation.
June 20, at 1: Rather than fame or fortune Baggot wants to save science. This view is a logical and metaphysical dead end, says Smolin. Baggoty such criticisms need to be handled with care.
Backreaction: Book Review: “Farewell to Reality” by Jim Baggott
A lo If you’ve read popular science books that talk about multiverse and parallel universes and the cosmic landscape and the anthropic cosmological principle and other such concepts that seem really fascinating but make you scratch your head and ask, but is any of this real?
Smolin caused grumbling among his colleagues with his assault on string theory, The Trouble With Physics. Selling the idea on a holographic universe is more profitable than being right.
June 18, at 9: Newer Post Older Post Home. There’s a reason my book is called “lost in math”. But blaming science writers for hype has become a handy excuse for scientists. I see a lot of young people leave for this reason. Scientific ethics are at an all time low with data being often manufactured or stolen.
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Farewell to Reality
The opening salvo was Smolin’s The Trouble with Physicswhich caused some damage; it was taken seriously within the scientific establishment and widely read outside it.
The closest thing to what we see right now in the past might have been “vortex theory” which Helge Kragh has written about see eg his book “Higher Speculations”. This rezlity not anarchism but dynamism, a field bubbling over with essential and productive action. Books Email This BlogThis! Veldig mykje info om utviklinga av kvantefysikken og forskning i det store og det heile, samt omsider det Baggott kallar “eventyrfysikk”.
Because of the lack of experimental testability of high energy physics theorists lack a baggotr check. The result is a book that is brave in its willingness to take on these scientific giants and provocative for its compelling, and well-argued, suggestion that modern physics may not be science at all.
They strike a balance between benefit and cost which entertained paying folk happily tolerate. Although he comes off as a bit crotchety at times, h This book serves as a refreshing chaser to the book “Quantum” and the film “Particle Fever”. It is not Life true and real. Then came the discovery of more particles and the need to explain them, Super Symmetry, Sting Theory, additional dimensions, Multiverses.
The borderline between physics and metaphysics is not as sharply defined as one would wish quantum mechanics, or for that matter Newton’s idea of absolute spaceand it is not straightforward to define what it means for a theory to be empirically testable it was surprising that Dirac’s ideas about anti-matter were soon validated, jlm experts believed for a long time that no one would ever be able to detect neutrinos. It is pure polemic.
Quotes from Farewell to Reali As for misrepresentation in the media, there will always be sensationalists and attention-seekers in any field, but in my admittedly biased opinion, the worst culprits are the journalists. I am a complete novice, and this isn’t a book for complete novices in my opinion. Feb 21, Mayank Chandna rated it really liked it. Topher, Yes, strong monoculture on the theory side.
May 01, Lawrence rated it it was ok.
The book is worth the read for this along — even if you disagree with the author’s other points. The forces of nature and the particle fareaell. The second half of the book is a description of more recent ideas post s about how the universe works, and he does a good job of describing these, too, bqggott though they are based on mathematics that is so complex only a few people in the world understand it.
In trying to solve this main problem and this is merely a most pertinent one from many, Physics has tied itself in a knot it is struggling to untangle.
Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth
When Ohm first published his work, this was not the case; critics reacted to his treatment of the subject with hostility. Smolin will have none of that. Anyway, insightful criticism is important, as long as it’s not at the expense of diversity. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.
Worse the public seems to think that these theories are the latest “hard science” on reality when they are really philosophy in the garb of complex mathematics.
Trivia About Farewell to Reali Non-experts found Woit’s Not Even Wrong too mathematical and demanding; Berlinski’s The Devil’s Delusion was written off as creationist propa Increasingly often, modern science is being attacked by people accusing it of failing to rrality its own rules. June 21, at 6: They are exemplars not of an affirmation of existing order, but of a need to question it and to have been better for it. But, in our game, I find that this string theory predicts that the mass of the electro-weak Higgs boson should be something of the order of GeV.
But I have a feeling that Baggott is about to score another hit. June 18, at 2: