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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

392 pages, illus

Penguin Books

Paperback | Feb 2011 | #173110 | ISBN-13: 9780141018355
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Hardback | Apr 2007 | #162742 | ISBN-13: 9780713997996
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In the last fifteen years, theoretical physicists and cosmologists have introduced new ideas, reaching for the new fundamental theory that will unify all our knowledge of the natural world. This book is a controversial and honest account of what we really know about nature and what is the real status of the new ideas proposed in the last quarter century.

The Trouble with Physics includes intimate portraits of many of the leading figures in string theory, quantum gravity and cosmology.

&i;'The Trouble with Physics offers an engaging take on the state of fundamental theoretical physics, mercifully free of the thumbnail character sketches that dog much popular science, and is all the more readable for its unashamedly partisan nature'.&o;
- Richard Lea, TLS February 2008.

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Lee Smolin is a pioneering theoretical physicist and the critically acclaimed author of The Life of the Cosmos and Three Roads to Quantum Gravity. He earned his Phd in physics at Harvard, before teaching at Yale and Pennsylvania State, and went on to help to found the innovative Perimeter Institute.

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