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 could possibly clarify the origins of every thing within the universe. it 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 big Hadron Collider and herculean quantity crunching should still now not bring about a deep knowing of the legislation of nature. during this attention-grabbing 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 companies really lead us to the promised land of realizing the universe. the 2 scientists take us on a journey of latest physics and express how a chain of hugely publicized theories met a lifeless finish. Unzicker and Jones systematically unpack the new sizzling theories comparable 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 beginning.

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Nowadays, astronomers use space telescopes to test Newton’s laws, achieving an unprecedented precision. Along with gravitation and electrodynamics, there is yet another pillar of physics that plays an important role in our ability to “see” the universe—quantum mechanics. We benefit from Einstein’s description of the photoelectric effect back in 1905: he understood that a quantum of light (a photon) could kick out an electron from a metal plate. Much later, this insight translated into the technology of a digital camera with millions of detectors for photons,* effectively being a high-tech replacement for the human eye.

Artfully, they made a triangular cut on top of the nuts. The slightly curved edges opened the way to the inside of the fruit, but due to the round shape of the coconut, they were almost at right angles to each other. I didn’t hesitate to get one, as it was the perfect prop for my upcoming presentation. At big physics conferences, sometimes you have to resort to unusual things in order to get attention. I was attending the Marcel Grossmann meeting, named after a Hungarian mathematician and friend of Einstein, which took place in Rio in 2003.

Everybody gazed at a screen, where nothing but a simple diagram with a curve going through a couple of points could be seen. Only strange people could get carried away with emotion from something like this—like physicists at the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society, who continued to clap for several minutes. What had happened? The plotted data confirmed with unprecedented accuracy a fundamental law of Nature: the emission of radiation from hot bodies. Discovered in 1900 by Max Planck, it was now lighting up the astronomy community with mathematical clarity.

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