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Farewell to Reality
- How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth
- By: Jim Baggott
- Narrated by: Philip Rose
- Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
In this stunning new volume, Jim Baggott argues that there is no observational or experimental evidence for many of the ideas of modern theoretical physics: Super-symmetric particles, super strings, the multiverse, the holographic principle, or the anthropic cosmological principle. These theories are not only untrue; they are not even science. They are fairy-tale physics: Fantastical, bizarre and often outrageous, perhaps even confidence-trickery. This book provides a much-needed antidote.
- By Cristiano Valois on 02-09-14
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
It is much better than baggott's previous books, which were rather enthusiastical of the positivist copenhagen's interpretation of quantum physics. it is woven from a realist stance instead, defending einstein's realism against the dubiuos results by bell and aspect. but i am afraid it is a bit outdated, now that inflation theory has been repeatedly proved by experiments and that the infinite worlds interpretation is prevailing among scientists. so the multiverse theory is a consequence of proven theories and not a simple speculation. the same goes with string theoty, which is the best explanation of ultimate reality we have to date. so i would rather advise you to refer to tegmak's and deutsch's books on these topics. so do not take baggott's conclusions as the definitive word on present physics, but as a step towards the current interpretation of contemporary theories.
What could Jim Baggott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
he could have revised his book with new data
Have you listened to any of Philip Rose’s other performances? How does this one compare?
i cannot compare since this is the first audiobook i hear performed by rose
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