Bankrupting Physics

Bankrupting Physics

How Today's Top Scientists Are Gambling Away Their Credibility

Book - 2013 | First edition
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 530 U
Characteristics: xi, 272 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Sheilla
ISBN: 9781137278234


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Aug 06, 2013

A very thought-provoking book, important and most appropriate to these times today. The prof. of physics at UC, Andreas Albrecht, remarked in a "Discovery" magazine interview that modern quantum physics is built like a house of cards, unproven theory on top of unproven theory. This book provides us with the in depth outlines of that thinking. (Still scares me the number of physicists unfamiliar with G.F.B. Riemann!) When Susskind of Stanford believes climate change to be a hoax, can you really believe his particle physics are on target?


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