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Book Review: Reinventing Gravity by John Moffat

Clive Maxfield
9/30/2010 07:13 PM EDT

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Max The Magnificent   7/14/2012 2:32:51 PM
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Hi Bob -- I've heard about "Not Even Wrong" but not gotten around to read it yet -- if you haven't read "Reinventing Gravity" then I strongly recommend it. For light reading I STRONGLY recommend the "Wool Omnibus" by Hugh Howey -- I cannot praise this one enough!!!

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BobZ01   7/14/2012 5:33:54 AM
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Max, I completely agree that Dark Matter and Dark Energy appear to be fudge factors like the Ether or the planet Vulcan (though it's hard to argue with Mr. Spock). It's difficult for non-physicists like ourselves (it's been 30 years since I studied physics) to influence physicists, but fortunately some physicists are finally starting to challenge the herd. Steve_B, I've believed String Theory was bunk for many years when a friend started describing it to me. He's now a leader in a field that has not been able to even propose a useful experiment let alone perform it. Again, some renowned physicists are starting to complain about the biggest boondoggle in science that's been funding this unprovable theory. I started to read the book "Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law." It was too dry and detailed for me to get through, but the main point is that a theory is wrong when you can perform a test to prove it wrong. String theory is not even wrong because you can't devise a test. It sure makes for a lot of great research papers, though, which is another of my pet peeves about academia, but I'll save that for another time. Regards, -Bob

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Max The Magnificent   7/12/2012 2:19:02 PM
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Thank you for this suggestion -- I just put it at the top of my Amazon "Wish List" and will order it as soon as I have the funds to do so...

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anon6223816   7/12/2012 2:01:46 PM
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"The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next", by Lee Smolin Excellent book, clear explanations of the underlying problems physics has been trying to solve, especially gravity, and his view of the decline in how physics is being taught and practiced. Smolin made no friends by pointing out in this book the inability of string theorists to close the gap in understanding of quantum gravity among other things, and the (my words, not his) hand-waving that they seemed to be doing instead of proposing experimentally-verifiable (or refutable) experiments. Though it's several years old now (2007), it's still an incredibly good read.

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Max The Magnificent   9/30/2010 7:47:13 PM
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If you've read this book I'd love to hear what you think. Also, I'm always interested in your recommendations for other "good reads"...

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