Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray PDF/EPUB

Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray (English Edition) According to the physicist and prolific blogger Sabine Hossenfelder, Einstein and others who work in a similar way are lost in math, the title of her lively and provocative bookWall Street JournalIn her new book, Lost In Math, Sabine Hossenfelder adroitly confronts this crisis head on The book is a wild, deep, thought provoking read that would make any reasonable person in the field who s still capable of introspection doubt themselvesForbes Lost in Math is self aware and dosed with acerbic wit, and it asks bold questionsNatureSabine Hossenfelder s new book Lost in Math provides a well informed take on the current situation in fundamental physical theory The author is completely honest, utterly fearless, and often quite funnyMAA ReviewsHossenfelder s critical assessment of the field is appropriately timedScienceEavesdrop on accessible and frank conversations in Hossenfelder sLost in Math, which wrestles with big questions of quantum mechanics and beauty in a fun, fascinating wayPopular ScienceEntertaining and engagingArs TechnicaHossenfelder s jaunt through the world of theoretical physics explicitly raises the question of whether the activities of thousands of physicists should actually count as science And if not, then what in tarnation are they doingWeekly Standard UK This layreader friendly, amusing treatise gives an enlightening look at a growing issue within physicsPublishers WeeklyEmphasizing how much researchers have achieved in quantum mechanics while using math that is decidedly ugly, Hossenfelder urges her colleagues to start focusing on reality, not conceptual style A provocative appeal for unattractive but fruitful scienceBooklist 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 forthan 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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