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Bankrupting physics : how today's top scientists are gambling away their credibility

Author: Alexander Unzicker; Sheilla Jones
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The recently celebrated discovery of the Higgs boson has captivated the public's imagination with the promise that it can explain the origins of everything in the universe. It's no wonder that the media refers to it grandly as the "God particle." Yet behind closed doors, physicists are admitting that there is much more to this story, and even years of gunning the Large Hadron Collider and herculean number crunching  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Unzicker; Sheilla Jones
ISBN: 9781137278234 1137278234
OCLC Number: 812068622
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xi, 272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Not too bad, homo sapiens, but ... : reasons for doubt : something is rotten in the state of physics --
Galileo would freak out! : A quantum leap in measuring devices : why we live in fantastic times --
A speedy revolution : why cosmology is going the wrong way --
The basic story : what Einstein told us about gravity and space-time --
Still a mystery : Newton's gravitational constant : from England to the edge of the universe --
The riddle of small accelerations : are galaxies really just big planetary systems? --
Lost in the dark : dark matter and dark energy : invisible or all in your mind? --
Precision in the tea leaves : message from the cosmic microwave background : how much is just noise? --
Muddy water : the cosmology of dark pixels in the first dark age : giving work to supercomputers --
Speculation bubbles rise : expansion, imagination, inflation : do we know there was a first second? --
Blacking out : black holes, the bib bang, and quantum gravity : ecological niches for theorists --
The fiancée you won't marry : the standard model of particle physics : how playing with mathematical beauty took over real life --
Chronicle of a surprise foretold : how Higgsteria delayed the bankruptcy of particle physics --
New dimensions in nonsense : branes, multiverses, and other supersicknesses : physics goes nuts --
Goodbye science, hello religion : string theory : how the elite became a sect and a mafia --
Clear water : reason vs. circular logic : how science should work --
Welcome to Byzantium : complications on complications : how physics became a junk drawer --
The first wrong turn : deviation decades ago : calculating replaces thinking --
The math fallout : how theoretical fashions impede reflection --
Big science, big money, big bubbles : what's wrong with the physics business --
Outlook : get prepared for the crash.
Responsibility: Alexander Unzicker and Sheilla Jones.
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In this fascinating account, theoretical physicist Alexander Unzicker and science writer Sheilla Jones controversially argue that physics has abandoned its evidence-based roots and shifted to  Read more...

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