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F the NPA US in 2010 and relates how similar it was to a mainline scientific conference with speakers discussions of papers xhibitions and published proceedings Toward the Mr Big end of the book she describes attending a conference on string theory in Santa Barbara which was attended by many of the most famous names in science She relates Whoever I talked with assured me thatverybody Flori în păr else s theories were unsupported byvidence and based Kansas State entirely on arbitrary assumptions As it is not known how to test current string theories the assemblage had a bizarre parallel with the NPA conference one being mainline science while other being fringe I read what I thought was a glowing review of Margaret Wertheim s Physics on the Fringe in The New York review of Books and I was hooked We honor them because science is only a small part of human capability We gain knowledge of our place in the universe not only from science but also from history art and literature Science is a creative interaction of observation with imagination Physics at the Fringe is what happens when imagination loses touch with observationThe review had hooked me and I was sure that reading Wertheim s book would reel me into a world of dissident scientists who use what the see and know toxplain the world around them I was sure to be Sexy Cosplay Anime Girls (Bikini, Military, Scifi Costume, Japanese Import, Asian Babe, Picture Book) (Xena Kai Book 3) entertained and fascinated by the lives of these noble men searching for a truth they could understand Turns out however that what I was attracted to was Freeman Dyson s writing His review is ten times better than what Wertheim produces His writing is beautiful and powerful and finds a connection between science and art I thought Werthiem s book was slow and plodding and boring She managed to take a highly imaginative and interesting human and bore me to sleep with his life Shame There was such promise If this book is half as interesting as Freeman Dyson s review in NYRB it should be fascinating In discussing the relationship between observation and imagination in the scientific method Dyson uotes physicist Hermann Weyl I always try to combine the true with the beautiful but when I have to choose one or the other I usually choose the beauti. His backyard with garbage cans and a disco fog machine he makes smoke rings to test his ideas about atoms Captivated by the imaginative power of his theories and his resolutely DIY attitude Wertheim has been following Carter's progress for the past decadeCenturies ago natural philosophers puzzled out the laws of nature using the tools of observation andxperimentation Today th.
Interesting topic strange book Author seems to hold that theoretical physics variations on strings branes Humiliated Husband etc is for its nonmpirical grounding no or less valid a kind of storytelling than the many outsider physics theories she has reviewed and one in particular she spent years off and on immersed in studying It s a facile analogy she draws though and although not altogether wrongheaded an ultimately unsatisfying critiue she of Not at all as describedThis book posed as an Warehouse Management exploration in fringe theories is like a day in the life of fringe theorists Wertheim hardly touches on the theories themselves rather she spends the majority of the book sympathizing with under appreciated backyard physicistsStill an interesting book I guess As a science writer the author had received numerous works proposing new scientific theories that are inconsistent with current science The authorxamines some of these fringe scientists in this book talking I Little Slave especially about one in particular Jim Carter who has developed a theory that subatomic particles are made up of circlons Wertheim tries to characterize the people who develop these ideas without being critical However their ideas tend to resist testing and can therefore never be brought into the true realm of science Rejected by mainline scientific conferences many of these people aggregate as the National Philosophy Alliance NPA However a great deal of ownership prevails withach person being aware that there is no The Stall (Pony In Training evidence supporting other persons theoriesModern physics has progressed beyond a purely mechanical and intuitive view of the universe Many of the fringe physics are uncomfortable with this often lacking the basic science and mathematicalduction needed to understand them Such people are often driven by the feeling that modern science is too THIEME Atlas of Anatomy esoteric and simpler mechanical models of the universe mustxistAugustus De Morgan was a prominent scientist in the late 1800 s who also received many such proposals which he collected and were published in the book A Budget of Paradoxes 1872 De Morgan was uite tolerant spending time to hear them outThe author attended the national meeting For the past fifteen years acclaimed science writer Margaret Wertheim has been collecting the works of outsider physicists many without formal training and all convinced that they have found true alternative theories of the universe Jim Carter the Einstein of outsiders has developed his own complete theory of matter and Sanibel Virgin energy and gravity that he demonstrates withxperiments in.
Ful now that s beautiful This is a really interesting look at physics from a human perspective The suggestion that physics has some special place in human inuiry is challenged and the adoration we too often give people who suggest that they have some Way of the Shaman exclusive insight into reality is pointed out for the nonsense it is Creative outsiders with half baked ideas We know them as cranks The author spends timesxploring these mavericks shunned by the scientific community probably rightly The people who buck the Gallowglass establishment sometimes win big but failure is much common than those who succeed This is the sad truth almost tragic truth for people who tilt at windmills and seek to upend the consensus Sometimes the consensus is wrong and your idea is a winning lottery ticket but most lotto tickets wind up as sad confetti of dashed hopes of riches One takeaway is something that heads know about tripping don t trip alone Budding scientists please don t theorize alone No I had a large number of problems with this book many of which are covered in the reviews of others but my main problem is the author s drawing of anuivalence between physics and pseudo physics Even granting the myriad problems with string theory mainstream theoretical physics is not merely a form of storytelling The demarcation problem is a real problem but this book is incapable of throwing any real light upon it Instead in its small way the book reinforces the destructive but increasingly popular idea that science is merely a discourse which is no truth conducive than any other discourse No More than half of the book is about Jim Carter who is an interesting and sympathetic character Ms Wertheim is very clear The Inclusion Imperative eyed about the limited scientific value of outsider theories while still being interested in their inventorsThe book is well written but felt somewhat aimless GreatI mxcited by the book as it s one I ve wanted to write almost As a personal plus for me I have zero faith in modern theoretical physics so it resonates in many waysIt s also a different topic than so many physics worship books Things are improving though as writers uestion our The Public-Private Partnership Handbook emperors clothing. Eoretical physics has become mathematically inscrutable accessible only to anlite few In rejecting this abstraction outsider theorists insist that nature speaks a language we can all understand Through a profoundly human profile of Jim Carter Wertheim's xploration of the bizarre world of fringe physics challenges our conception of what science is how it works and who it is fo.