I'm sure Martin is working on an article on this subject for the Journal of Theoretical Physics as I type.
Oh yeah, I forgot. You have to have a theoretical physics background to quote physicists on blog. What was I thinking?
String theory is borderline science. It is also a case in science where "theory" is not used in the traditional scientific sense. Mr Cothran writes that this is "trouble in scientific paradise". But that is the way science operates. It is empirically determined, not revealed truth, not mathematics, and not formal logic. There is often dissension, disagreement, discussion before conclusions are accepted by the majority. It is a process of going from ignorance to model. I suspect it is that sloppiness and uncertainty that troubles Mr Cothran.jah
I heard a great quote on the PBS show about String Theory, called The Elegant Universe. One of the physicists on the show said that it's been proven mathematically but it can't be proven by experiment, and in that case, is it science, or is it philosophy? Hmmm. I think he may have a point, and where science and philosphy meet, maybe that's where we find...... GOD. Or at least Aristotle. : )
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