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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Are the sphaleron & superstring just the epicycles of our era?

I just learned of this thing called a sphaleron, which from my primitive background in physics (i.e., physics for engineers and some self-study of modern physics) just strikes me as "we see stuff that doesn't fit out model & symmetries, so we just invented this thing so that the equations balance out" - like Neo from The Matrix. And superstring theory strikes me as "if invent more dimensions (i.e., add more arbitrary values for coordinates in the dimensions", we can make our observations make sense.

This just sounds to me like the pre-Copernicus astronomers fine-tuning their celestial sphere to keep up with more accurate observations.

I just learned of this thing called a sphaleron, which from my primitive background in physics (i.e., physics for engineers and some self-study of modern physics) just strikes me as "we see stuff that doesn't fit out model & symmetries, so we just invented this thing so that the equations balance out" - like Neo from The Matrix. And superstring theory strikes me as "if invent more dimensions (i.e., add more arbitrary values for coordinates in the dimensions", we can make our observations make sense.

This just sounds to me like the pre-Copernicus astronomers fine-tuning their celestial sphere to keep up with more accurate observations.