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David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. From Chapter 9, The New Heat Death We are already at the point where experiments are becoming impossible for technological reasons and unthinkable for social and political reasons. An accelerator bigger that the supercollider would be a vast technical challenge, and even […]

David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. From Chapter 9, The New Heat Death Particle physicists have sometimes drawn an analogy between their machines and the Gothic cathedrals of medieval Europe – both, in their own ways, monuments to a search for truth by their respective communities. The analogy […]

David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. From Chapter 9, The New Heat Death This is surely a generous way of thinking:  particle physicists have argued for the existence of all kinds of new particles in addition to the ones we know about, in order to allow supersymmetry or supergravity […]

David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. From Chapter 1, Lord Kelvin’s Declaration. It was Kelvin’s assertion, on the other hand, that the world could be no more that one hundred million years old, a figure he obtained by applying the newly formulated principles of energy conservation and thermodynamics […]

David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. From Prologe, The Lure of Numbers. Scientific history, however, tends not to record the zigzags. History is written by the winners, and failed attemnts to explain this or that phenomena are soon forgotten, though the faild theory may have provided a useful […]

David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. The other way is to find mathematical laws whose beuty and simplicity have particular appeal, and then attempt to fit the world to them. The latter method, which seems rather rarefied to us nowadays, is what Pythagoras intended, millenia ago, by his […]

David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. Prologue. The Lure of Numbers. In 1960, the Hungarian-American physicist Eugene Wigner published an essay entitled “The unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences.” What puzzled Wigner puzzled many others, including Albert Einstein: “How can it be that mathatics,” he once […]