THEORIE DES CORDES DESASTRE POUR LA PHYSIQUE, DIVIN ALBERT NE L'EST PAS
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"That's how mathematician Peter Woit of Columbia University describes
string theory. In his book, "Not Even Wrong," published in the U.K.
this month and due in the U.S. in September, he calls the theory "a
disaster for physics."
A year or two ago, that would have been a fringe opinion, motivated by
sour grapes over not sitting at physics' equivalent of the cool kids'
table. But now, after two decades in which string theory has been the
doyenne of best-seller lists and the dominant paradigm in particle
physics, Mr. Woit has company.
"When it comes to extending our knowledge of the laws of nature, we
have made no real headway" in 30 years, writes physicist Lee Smolin of
the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada, in his book, "The Trouble
with Physics," also due in September. "It's called hitting the wall."