Lost in Math : How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
by Sabine Hossenfelder
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Going against the current argues that modern physicists of “obsession with beauty has given us wonderful maths but bad science, Whether meditating black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists think that the best theories are beautiful, natural and elegant, this standard separates popular theories from disposable theoriesThat is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for over four decadesThe belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now has conflicts with scientific objectivity: observation has been unable to confirm aberrant theories, such as supersymmetry, or great unification, invented by physicists, based on aesthetic criteriaWorse, these “too good not to be true” theories are actually impossible to verify and they left the field in a dead endTo escape, physicists must rethink their methodsOnly by embracing reality as science is can it discover the truth
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