Bankrupting Physics: How Today's Top Scientists are Gambling by Alexander Unzicker

By Alexander Unzicker

The lately celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public's mind's eye with the promise that it might probably clarify the origins of every thing within the universe. it really is no ask yourself that the media refers to it grandly because the "God particle." but at the back of closed doorways, physicists are admitting that there's even more to this tale, or even years of gunning the massive Hadron Collider and herculean quantity crunching should now not result in a deep realizing of the legislation of nature. during this interesting and eye-opening account, theoretical physicist Alexander Unzicker and technology author Sheilla Jones provide a polemic. They query no matter if the large-scale, multinational agencies really lead us to the promised land of figuring out the universe. the 2 scientists take us on a travel of latest physics and express how a chain of hugely publicized theories met a lifeless finish. Unzicker and Jones systematically unpack the new scorching theories equivalent to "parallel universes," "string theory," and "inflationary cosmology," and supply an available rationalization of every. They argue that physics has deserted its evidence-based roots and shifted to untestable mathematical theories, and so they factor a clarion demand the technological know-how to come to its experimental starting place.

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All this was discovered a few decades ago, and nowadays automatized telescopes have identified tens of thousands of quasars, providing important information about the early universe. SLOW SHIFTS IN THE STARLIT SKY Galileo’s observations of the phases of Venus and the constellations of the Jupiter moons were revolutionary because they contradicted the dogma about the constancy of the celestial sphere. In a subtle way, we have a similar problem today. We know very little about possible changes in the cosmos.

The above questions about the six numbers in cosmology are dramatically amplified when it comes to particle physics. The story of these numbers began with great expectations similar to those we have for today’s telescopes. In the 1950s, a boom of particle accelerators started producing hundreds of elementary particles with spectacular collisions. In the following decades, particle physics has been busy classifying this zoo and reducing its mathematical description to “only” 17 parameters. A few Nobel prizes have even been handed out because of this work.

They surely wouldn’t simply look up the most fashionable contemporary theories. Rather, they would look up to the skies to test their own. We have taken a giant leap out of our own solar system, out of our own galaxy, and deep into the universe through the use of precision telescopes. ” While you read this book, I would like to invite you to enjoy a few old tricks of observation that will help you appreciate the spectacular results of astrophysics and understand its riddles. The color of the light that hits your retina, for example, tells you something about the motion of stars and galaxies.

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