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So much of what is written regarding the considerable efforts invested in string theory and its offshoots revolves around the elegance of the mathematics itself or of the versatility and all-embracing scope of its conclusions. Undoubtedly there have been instances where the irresistible simplicity and beauty of a mathematical argument regarding how physics works have subsequently been vindicated by experiment. Things like Dirac's equation predicting anti-matter and Gell-Mann's quark

My question is have there been instances of the opposite happening too? Any examples out there of a mathematically beautiful theory of physics that has turned out experimentally wrong? Is mathematical elegance a strong indication of physical reality or not?

IH

*eightfold way*model come to mind.My question is have there been instances of the opposite happening too? Any examples out there of a mathematically beautiful theory of physics that has turned out experimentally wrong? Is mathematical elegance a strong indication of physical reality or not?

IH

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