Uh oh

15Aug06

Apparently there’s an anti-String-Theory movement afoot. Shame, I only just recently began to understand the theory (and even then, only barely).

TIME.com: The Unraveling of String Theory — Aug. 21, 2006 — Page 2:

It’s fine to propose speculative ideas,” says Woit, “but if they can’t be tested, they’re not science.” To borrow the withering dismissal coined by the great physicist Wolfgang Pauli, they don’t even rise to the level of being wrong. That, says Sean Carroll of the University of Chicago, who has worked on strings, is unfortunate. “I wish string theorists would take the goal of connecting to experiment more seriously,” he says. “It’s true that nobody has any good idea of how to test string theory, but who’s to say someone won’t wake up tomorrow morning and think of one? The reason so many people keep working on it is that, whatever its flaws, the theory is still more promising than any other approach we have.

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