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In this provocative book New York Times a contrarian physicist argues that her fields modern obsession with beauty has given us wonderful math but bad scienceWhether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN physicists believe the best theories are beautiful natural and elegant and this standard separates. I have enjoyed reading Sabine Hossenfelder s views on her blog before and so I was not completely surprised by this book s premise nor its arguments I was surprised by the interviews This was different than I expected but uite enjoyable Overall I found this hard to put down as Hossenfelder s writing style and the interviews really kept me interested in the book s overall discussionAs a uick summary this is about theoretical physics focusing on particle physics foundational physics and some astrophysics The problem is that there is a lack of new data and so the theorists are using principles other than observation to choose data As Hossenfelder makes clear this is not completely a new or bad problem but in the past new data was around the corner to help clear up which theoretical possibilities to chase Without new observations what principles should be used to come up with new things to research and explain How do we justify them and if we cannot what should we doThe book is written in an interview and comment style I find that this really works well as I find the comments helpful interesting and put the conversations in the appropriate context I am also uite sympathetic to the arguments in the book As a graduate student in physics though not in the specialties this book focuses in I think I see similar problems of popular arguments and a lack of really thinking about what problems should we be solving I hasten to add that I do not think my fellow physicists are just wasting money and time just that a lot of research does not appear to really be an important step when you think about how it actually contributes to the research program s overall goals Perhaps I have become too much of a pessimist but I fear that a lot of research is being done because it is the type of research that is doneI find the different perspective Hossenfelder offers compared to other general audience physics books to be refreshing and thought provoking It s certainly not an inspiring book but I think it makes a strong point that we should stop and evaluate how we are thinking about research so that science can continue to provide us with relevant and exciting new knowledge Fishes of the Open Ocean us wonderful math but bad scienceWhether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN physicists believe the best theories are beautiful natural and elegant and this standard separates. I have enjoyed reading Sabine Hossenfelder s views on her blog before and so I was not completely surprised by this book s premise nor its arguments I was surprised by the interviews This was different than I expected but Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uite enjoyable Overall I found this hard to put down as Hossenfelder s writing style and the interviews really kept me interested in the book s overall discussionAs a Grass, Sky, Song uick summary this is about theoretical physics focusing on particle physics foundational physics and some astrophysics The problem is that there is a lack of new data and so the theorists are Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos using principles other than observation to choose data As Hossenfelder makes clear this is not completely a new or bad problem but in the past new data was around the corner to help clear The Illusionists up which theoretical possibilities to chase Without new observations what principles should be O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, used to come One for My Baby up with new things to research and explain How do we justify them and if we cannot what should we doThe book is written in an interview and comment style I find that this really works well as I find the comments helpful interesting and put the conversations in the appropriate context I am also Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, uite sympathetic to the arguments in the book As a graduate student in physics though not in the specialties this book focuses in I think I see similar problems of popular arguments and a lack of really thinking about what problems should we be solving I hasten to add that I do not think my fellow physicists are just wasting money and time just that a lot of research does not appear to really be an important step when you think about how it actually contributes to the research program s overall goals Perhaps I have become too much of a pessimist but I fear that a lot of research is being done because it is the type of research that is doneI find the different perspective Hossenfelder offers compared to other general audience physics books to be refreshing and thought provoking It s certainly not an inspiring book but I think it makes a strong point that we should stop and evaluate how we are thinking about research so that science can continue to provide We us with relevant and exciting new knowledge

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Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

S like supersymmetry or grand unification invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria Worse these too good to not be true theories are actually untestable and they have left the field in a cul de sac To escape physicists must rethink their methods Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth. I ve always had a suspicion that academics the theoretical physicists are pulling a fast one Sabine has an informative Youtube channel which I follow and bought this book to get detail on some of her topics It or less succeeds although it is a few years out of date regarding the Large Hadron Collider despite being published recentlyThe book details her search around the world to discover if physicists are taking beauty over function when trying to explain the universe It seems they are although one man s meat is another man s pet Written almost in the form of a diary the style is chatty and easy to digest Diagrams where necessary are clear and simple On the whole it is effortless to read and for the most part not too far out of my comfort zone regarding the topics she covers Highly recommendedA recommended companion read to this would beBankrupting Physics How today s scientists are gambling away their credibilityby Alexander Unzicker and Sheilla JonesMy personal gripesMath Maths please Sabine is German but has taken on board too many ugly Americanisms in her writing probably her fault Whenever an American writes dove when they mean dived I think of the bird until the context clicks in The same with span I always think or a bridge when the writer actually means spun She also uses gotten another hideous word in any form you use it Every time you think to write got outside speech marks please use a Thesaurus and use a real word I remember when people speaking English as a second language learned proper grammar and vocabulary unfortunately Americanism seems preferable to good English these days Out of Bounds (Boundaries, unification invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria Worse these too good to not be true theories are actually Grass, Sky, Song untestable and they have left the field in a cul de sac To escape physicists must rethink their methods Only by embracing reality as it is can science discover the truth. I ve always had a suspicion that academics the theoretical physicists are pulling a fast one Sabine has an informative Youtube channel which I follow and bought this book to get detail on some of her topics It or less succeeds although it is a few years out of date regarding the Large Hadron Collider despite being published recentlyThe book details her search around the world to discover if physicists are taking beauty over function when trying to explain the Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos universe It seems they are although one man s meat is another man s pet Written almost in the form of a diary the style is chatty and easy to digest Diagrams where necessary are clear and simple On the whole it is effortless to read and for the most part not too far out of my comfort zone regarding the topics she covers Highly recommendedA recommended companion read to this would beBankrupting Physics How today s scientists are gambling away their credibilityby Alexander Unzicker and Sheilla JonesMy personal gripesMath Maths please Sabine is German but has taken on board too many The Illusionists ugly Americanisms in her writing probably her fault Whenever an American writes dove when they mean dived I think of the bird O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, until the context clicks in The same with span I always think or a bridge when the writer actually means spun She also One for My Baby uses gotten another hideous word in any form you Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, use it Every time you think to write got outside speech marks please We use a Thesaurus and The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, use a real word I remember when people speaking English as a second language learned proper grammar and vocabulary The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, unfortunately Americanism seems preferable to good English these days

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Popular theories from disposable ones This is why Sabine Hossenfelder argues we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for than four decadesThe belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theorie. I have been reading Sabine Hossenfelder s Backreaction blog for a while now enjoying her take no prisoners style of explaining physics clear and insightful on the science blunt about the process One of the things she is particularly blunt about is the lack of progress in fundamental particle physics with its plethora of predictions over the last decades accompanied by a paucity of experimental verification So I was excited to hear she was writing a book about this aspect And what a great book it is both from a physics and a process perspectiveParticle physics has gone nowhere in the last 40 odd years The Standard Model of the 1970s is still the best available despite having known shortcomings The most recent prediction to have been experimentally verified the existence of the top and bottom uarks is from 1973 The Higgs boson was proposed in the previous decade Since the 1970s experimental results have succeeded only in disconfirming attempts to improve on the Standard Model Why this stunning lack of progressHossenfelder herself an accomplished theoretical physicist argues it is because physicists are beguiled by the idea of mathematical beauty and are being led astray in their work Rather than being steered by real world data they are following beautiful theories such as string theory down mathematical rabbit holes further and further from experimental checks ending up in the bizarre place of having to redefine science itself to allow for the absence of even the possibility of experimental validation The book weaves clear explanations of the problem with snippets of interviews with several of the physicists involvedHer argument has two main components Firstly theoretical beauty is not a reliable guide There are past examples of a beautiful theory having to give way to a less beautiful one when confronted with disconfirming experimental data And many times the beauty of a theory becomes appreciated or possibly learned only after the theory has been accepted and established Secondly physics absolutely has to be grounded in experimental validation Mathematics is the language used to express the theories and like any language you can say many different things in it The only way to discover which if any of these is right is to look to the real worldThis is a great book that will win Hossenfelder few friends in the subject It cuts deep to the heart of the problem in a very accessible manner and exposes the groupthink lying at the heart of today s fundamental physics


9 thoughts on “Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray

  1. says:

    Sabine Hossenfelder is a physicist with a social media following, a much beloved blog, an attitude, and now a book to go along with it all. This is not a physics book, it is a philosophy book. Its subject matter falls squ

  2. says:

    I have enjoyed reading Sabine Hossenfelder's views on her blog before, and so I was not completely surprised by this book's premise nor its arguments. I was surprised by the interviews. This was different than I expected but quite enjoyable. Overall I found this hard to put down as Hossenfelder's writing style and the interviews really kept me interested in the book's overall discussion.

    As a quick summary, this is about

  3. says:

    Yes she is doubtless a genius, but the author makes her point in the introduction. The entire rest of the book is interviews with o

  4. says:

    Sabine's easy writing style makes the reading a pleasure. She has serious issues with the direction the Particle Physics is headed and is not afraid to ruffle some feathers. She approaches the major stalwarts in that area and tries to get their viewpoints across. Her discussions make it obvious that the field is pushed forward and ruled by wishful thinking rather than by unbiased evidence based approach. She

  5. says:

    Sabine Hossenfelder is a quantum gravity phenomenologist she links theories to experiments and observations and she has a popular blog, Backreaction. She is also losing her faith in physics as it is presently conducted.

    Here is the problem. The two great foundations of physics, quantum theory and relativi

  6. says:

    I have been reading Sabine Hossenfelder’s Backreaction blog for a while now, enjoying her “take no prisoner

  7. says:

    According to Sabine, most of current physics is a mathematical construct (not based on 'real' observations) that

  8. says:

    I've always had a suspicion that academics the theoretical physicists are pulling a fast one. Sabine has an informative Youtube channel which I follow, and bought this book to get detail on some of her topics. It or less succeeds although it is a few years out of date regarding the Large Hadron Collider despite being publ

  9. says:

    For people like me, working on solid state physics, the issues addressed in this book were a recurrent subject to talk over lunch for at least the last decade. "Someone has to write such a book" we used to say, necessarily

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