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If String Theory was wrong tomorrow

  1. Aug 22, 2013 #1
    ... due to whatever. What has the effort provided besides showing that the universe doesn't work a certain way? Assuming it has aided in other areas of physics and mathematics. Any examples?

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  3. Aug 22, 2013 #2

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    I'll have to leave it to others to provide details but it is my understanding that "Assuming it has aided in other areas of physics and mathematics" is not an assumption for math, it is a fact that string theory has advanced study/knowledge in some areas of math.
     
  4. Aug 22, 2013 #3

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    Methods developed in string theory can be used to calculate processes in the Standard Model, for example.
     
  5. Aug 22, 2013 #4

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    If string theory were experimentally falsified, that would be a huge contribution of string theory!
     
  7. Aug 22, 2013 #6

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    Contribution to what? I'd say this would be a huge achievement of experimental physics.
     
  9. Aug 22, 2013 #8

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    I imagine the role of the theorist as finding out the space of possible theories consistent with previous data, and suggesting ways of ruling out regions of that space. I think finding out possible theories that may turn out to be wrong is an important part of theory.
     
  10. Aug 22, 2013 #9

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    That was specifically excluded. He asked about other contributions.
     
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    It's a review. So far as I know, its content is non-controversial. That is, string theory skeptics such as Penrose or Smolin would not dispute any significant aspect of this review (of mathematical contributions of the string theory program).
     
  14. Aug 23, 2013 #13
    Ed Witten got the Fields medal, that would be an example.

    So I guess I answered my own question, but it would be cool if there were more.
     
  15. Aug 23, 2013 #14

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    Why doesn't my answer qualify?
     
  16. Aug 23, 2013 #15
    Monstrous moonshine and no-ghost theorem are two different wiki pages.

    It was awkward.
     
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