Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth. Jim Baggott. Pegasus, $ (p) ISBN. Two writers argue that modern science needs to get a grip on reality, rejecting ‘ timeless’ theories of the universe and the ‘fairytale’ physics of. It’s always good when a book of popular science has a clear line to argue, and Jim Baggott’s line is very clear indeed: modern physics has.
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Mike was also constrained to a tight word count, but the words he did choose left no room for doubting his interpretation: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Think of testability instead as more of a professional judgement than a simple one-time evaluation. We agree much more than what I had thought. We may be here because, by happy accident or the operation of some complex natural physical mechanisms we have yet to fathom, the parameters of the universe just happen to be compatible with our existence. No, the worst culprits here are not journalists, whose mistake is often just that of taking seriously press releases from people like Mike Duff.
Does a good job of defining what science is all about.
Eternal inflation no empirical support means that all these different variant universes actually exist. A theory that reaoity fails repeated tests is a failed theory.
Baggott’s text is ultimately an attempt to knock down one sector of the creeping pseudo-science that is increasingly masquerading as actual science in academia and especially in the popular presentation of science to the public.
Refresh and try again. While i agree with the author’s point of view, i bagott the overall arguments presented in a rather weak manner. Baggott devotes the first chapter of the book to an overview of his take on what the scientific method really is. The idea of what is reality comes into play and does science actually describe reality.
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Next time you pick up the latest best-selling popular science book, or tune into the latest science documentary on the radio or television, keep an open mind and try to maintain a healthy scepticism… What is the nature of the evidence in support of this theory? The result is a book that is brave in its willingness to take on these scientific giants and provocative for its compelling, and well-argued, suggestion that modern physics may not be science at all.
Theoretical physics is very complex and even at its bare-bone it will test your patience and focus. The book is not a list of solution attempts, but rather addresses the question what is a good problem to work on to begin with.
Preview — Farewell to Reality by Jim Baggott. Speaking of riding your mentions, we’re doing a podcast on this subject. Jan 18, Fatima Siddique rated it it was ok.
Paulibusthen you are thinking about a really big one … in which case, yes, may be — Viva! A world where every action you could take really happens each in its own separate and co-existent reality.
In which case, I hate this book for bringing that fact to light. The source of the disagreement could hardly be more fundamental: They are metaphysics being misrepresented as science. Jan 25, Alan Fuller rated it really liked it Shelves: Baggot quotes you and another fellow here: View all 77 comments.
An interesting review of the current state of research in theoretical physics and how, in the author’s opinion, these investigations cannot be qualified as ‘scientific’. In this regard, the book is fantastic. My take is that Baggott gets it just right.
Time Reborn by Lee Smolin; Farewell to Reality by Jim Baggott – review
This widely shared opinion was reportedly the reason that he did not get his Nobel Price for his most important work. Going to the book Farewell to Reality is for me a fair very good book about what is present day real tested physics, and what is near wholly speculative physics that some call it fancy physics,the book is very well structured and accesible not as Not Even Wrong that has several highly tecnical chapters,yet the subject is very similar.
If I look at the field today, it seems to me that pace of progress beyond the Standard Model and the link between GR and QM is not making me hold my breath.
The borderline between physics and metaphysics is not as sharply defined as one would wish quantum mechanics, or for that matter Newton’s idea of absolute spaceand it is not straightforward to define what it means for a theory to be empirically testable it was surprising that Dirac’s ideas about anti-matter were soon validated, and experts believed for a long time that no one would ever be able to detect neutrinos.
Somewhere along the way experimenting stopped because we don’t have the means and have gone headlong into metaphysics where philosophical, mind-bending thought experiments have supplanted actual experiments. But blaming science writers for hype has become a handy excuse for scientists.
And another example is this one from The Guardian: So we can certainly excuse the poor fellow in his later years. Published August 1st by Pegasus Books first published January 1st June 26, at 1: Principles Copernican and strongly or weakly Anthropic. It is not a unified theory of the fundamental atomic and subatomic forces. But this is getting way, way off topic, so please anyone who wants to discuss this with Cormac should contact him directly.
A few formulas accompanied by some explanations and then some debate as to why they are partially wrong could have gone a long way. Farewell to Reality is an excellent book for the science minded. Gardeners of the Cosmic Landscape, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Efforts such as these, and the progressive nature of the knowledge they bear, lie in stark contrast to the outright fiction that is intelligent design.
As for misrepresentation in the media, there will always be sensationalists and attention-seekers in any field, but in my admittedly biased opinion, the worst culprits are the journalists.
Come to your own conclusions.