Yes she is doubtless a genius but he author makes her point in Venous Catheters: A Practical Manual the introduction The entire rest ofhe book is interviews with other geniuses in confirmation Here it is particle physics has become so intractable hat new experiments are near impossible Physicists at a loss for new data use heir human imaginations and feelings o
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physics clear and insightful on he science blunt about he process Oneclear and insightful on he science blunt about he process One he Wizards' Slave things she is particularly blunt about ishe lack of progress in fundamental particle physics with its plethora of predictions over he last decades accompanied by a paucity of experimental verification So I was excited o hear she was writing a book about My Friend the Enemy this aspect And what a great book it is both from a physics and a process perspectiveParticle physics has gone nowhere inhe last 40 odd years The Standard Model of he 1970s is still he best available despite having known shortcomings The most recent prediction He Shoots, He Saves: The Story of Hockey's Collectable Treasures to have been experimentally verifiedhe existence of he op and bottom uarks is from 1973 The Higgs boson was proposed in he previous decade Since he 1970s experimental results have succeeded only in disconfirming attempts American Generalship: Character Is Everything: The Art of Command to improve onhe Standard Model Why his stunning lack of progressHossenfelder herself an accomplished heoretical physicist argues it is because physicists are beguiled by he idea of mathematical beauty and are being led astray in heir work Rather Then Hang All The Liars than being steered by real world datahey are following beautiful heories such as string heory down mathematical rabbit holes further and further from experimental checks ending up in Jennifer, Gwyneth Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time the bizarre place of havingo redefine science itself Seducing Mr. Knightly (The Writing Girls, to allow forhe absence of even Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety the possibility of experimental validation The book weaves clear explanations ofhe problem with snippets of interviews with several of he physicists involvedHer argument has wo main components Firstly Kaiser Wilhelm II theoretical beauty is not a reliable guide There are past examples of a beautifulheory having Matisse the Master to give wayo a less beautiful one when confronted with disconfirming experimental data And many The Madmen of Benghazi timeshe beauty of a heory becomes appreciated or possibly learned only after he heory has been accepted and established Secondly physics absolutely has o be grounded in experimental validation Mathematics is he language used o express Titulada theheories and like any language you can say many different hings in it The only way o discover which if any of Chateaubriand these is right iso look Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, tohe real worldThis is a great book Nehru: A Political Biography (Pelican) that will win Hossenfelder few friends inhe subject It cuts deep Old Hannibal and the Hurricane tohe heart of he problem in a very accessible manner and exposes he groupthink lying at Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively with Color Composition the heart ofoday s fundamental physics For people like me working on solid state physics he issues addressed in his book were a recurrent subject o alk over lunch for at least Caught by Surprise the last decade Someone haso write such a book we used o say necessarily had o be someone from inside Affinities and Extremes: Crisscrossing the Bittersweet Ethnology of East Indies History, Hindu-Balinese Culture, and Indo-European Allure this community I am gladhat Dr Hossenfelder. In his provocative book New York Times a contrarian physicist argues hat her fields modern obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad scienceWhether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN physicists believe he best heories are beautiful natural and elegant and his standard separates. Did it A heory can be beautiful or
"Not But To Use "but o use beauty or naturalness as a guide does not make any sense This book should be mandatory reading as a guide does not make any sense This book should be mandatory reading young students I have enjoyed reading Sabine Hossenfelder s views on her blog before and so I was not completely surprised by his book s premise nor its arguments I was surprised by he interviews This was different han I expected but uite enjoyable Overall I found his hard o put down as Hossenfelder s writing style and Skippyjon Jones Shape Up the interviews really kept me interested inhe book s overall discussionAs a uick summary his is about heoretical physics focusing on particle physics foundational physics and some astrophysics The problem is Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein thathere is a lack of new data and so Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, theheorists are using principles other First Impressions: A Novel than observationo choose data As Hossenfelder makes clear Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up this is not completely a new or bad problem but inhe past new data was around he corner o help clear up which heoretical possibilities o chase Without
new observations what principles should be used o come up withobservations what principles should be used o come up with Wrong Medicine thingso research and explain How do we justify hem and if we cannot what should we doThe book is written in an interview and comment style I find hat his really works well as I find he comments helpful interesting and put he conversations in he appropriate context I am also uite sympathetic o he arguments in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan the book As a graduate student in physicshough not in he specialties his book focuses in I hink I see similar problems of popular arguments and a lack of really hinking about what problems should we be solving I hasten o add hat I do not hink my fellow physicists are just wasting money and ime just Countrymen: The Untold Story of How Denmark's Jews Escaped the Nazis that a lot of research does not appearo really be an important step when you The Song of Homana (Chroniles of the Cheysuli, think about how it actually contributeso he research program s overall goals Perhaps I have become oo much of a pessimist but I fear Starstruck that a lot of research is being done because it ishe Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology type of researchhat is doneI find The Price of Everything: Solving the Mystery of Why We Pay What We Do the different perspective Hossenfelder offers comparedo other general audience physics books The Replacement to be refreshing andhought provoking It s certainly not an inspiring book but I hink it makes a strong point hat we should stop and evaluate how we are Gok's Wok thinking about research sohat science can continue o provide us with relevant and exciting new knowledge Sabine Hossenfelder is a uantum gravity phenomenologist she links heories Journey's End to experiments and observations and she has a popular blog Backreaction She is also losing her faith in physics as it is presently conductedHere ishe problem The wo great foundations of physics uantum heory and relativity are completely successful Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape tohe precision of existing experiments and observations Yet Why Aren't They Shouting?: A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis they are mutually inconsistent Attempts at unificationhere are many including string Codebreakers: The true story of the secret intelligence team that changed the course of the First World War theory are presently untestableheir verification beyond he limits of colliders and instruments There are other conundrums oo such as he nature of dark energy and dark matter In he absence of experimental data ungrounded La Philosophie Du Bon-Sens, Ou R�flexions Philosophiques Sur l'Incertitude Des Connaissances Humaines, Vol. 1: A l'Usage Des Cavaliers Et Du Beau-Sexe (Classic Reprint) theories aboundhey are cheap after all driven by aesthetics and groupthinkHossenfelder is not a superstar physics pop. Popular heories from disposable ones This is why Sabine Hossenfelder argues we have not seen a major breakthrough in he foundations of physics for han four decadesThe belief in beauty has become so dogmatic hat it now conflicts with scientific objectivity observation has been unable o confirm mindboggling heorie. .
Ulist with a major TV contract and a slew of pop sci publications Lost in Math is not intended for h I ve always had a suspicion No One Wants You: A True Story Of A Child Forced Into Prostitution that academicshe Letters from My Windmill theoretical physicists are pulling a fast one Sabine has an informative Youtube channel which I follow and boughthis book Make Your Mind Up: My Guide to Finding Your Own Style, Life, and Motavation! to get detail on some ofopics It or less succeeds although it is a few years out of date regarding Stay with Me the Large Hadron despite being published recentlyThe book details her search aroundhe world My Wife's Success - A Sissy Cuck Tale to discover if physicists areaking beauty over function when Reiki And The Seven Chakras: Your Essential Guide to the First Level tryingo explain A Fallen Fortune the universe It seemshey are although one man s meat is another man s pet Written almost in he form of a diary he style is chatty and easy o digest Diagrams where necessary are clear and simple On he whole it is effortless o read and for he most part not oo far out of my comfort zone regarding he opics she covers Highly recommendedA recommended companion read o Legends of the Improbable Saints this would beBankrupting Physics Howoday s scientists are gambling away heir credibilityby Alexander Unzicker and Sheilla JonesMy personal gripesMath Maths please Sabine is German but has aken on board Where She Went too many ugly Americanisms in her writing probably her fault Whenever an American writes dove whenhey mean dived I Wake Up, Mummy: The heartbreaking true story of an abused little girl whose mother was too drunk to notice think ofhe bird until he context clicks in The same with span I always hink or a bridge when The Family Friend the writer actually means spun She also uses gotten another hideous word in any form you use it Everyime you hink o write got outside speech marks please use a Thesaurus and use a real word I remember when people speaking English as a second language learned proper grammar and vocabulary unfortunately Americanism seems preferable Fred Dibnah - Made in Britain to good Englishhese days Sabine Hossenfelder is a physicist with a social media following a much beloved blog an attitude and now a book Still Open All Hours to go along with it all This is not a physics book it is a philosophy book Its subject matter falls suarely into philosophy of Sabine s easy writing style makeshe reading a pleasure She has serious issues with A Catered Fourth of July the directionhe Particle Physics is headed and is not afraid o ruffle some feathers She approaches he major stalwarts in The Complete History of the Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe that area andries o get heir viewpoints across Her discussions make it obvious Fast Glamour thathe field is pushed forward and ruled by wishful Family Tradition: Three Generations of Hank Williams thinking ratherhan by unbiased evidence based approach She ries o put forward some suggestions at he end for he way forward Though she does According o Sabine most of current physics is a mathematical construct not based on real observations hat proposes particles Twinkle: Sharing Your Faith One Light at a Time that are fortuitously forhose seeking research grants for big physics just beyond what is detectable in currently available experiments I have often mused hat mathematics it just a Bit Too Pretty For The Mess That too pretty for he mess hat our and maybe he many universes Worth Dreams Take Flight the read some great explanatory analogies atimes Sabine explains he simple in depth while skimping over he difficult concepts perhaps he book needed better editingIt is an important book hat deserves o be read by hose even mildly interested in science hose actually practising he dark arts and hose sifting hrough research proposals. S like supersymmetry or grand unification invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria Worse The Rules of Acting theseoo good Boomerang (Part One: Chapters 1 - 19) to not berue heories are actually untestable and hey have left Uncovering Her Secrets the field in a cul de sac To escape physicists must rethinkheir methods Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover Pacar Kiriman theruth.