dammit Alejandro, put in a smiley when you say that!arivero said:So the rumours of a film are true?
I gather the book has [EDIT: Peter says technical parts, not equations though], indicating that at least part of the intended audience would beBerislav said:Do you know who's the intended target audience? The general public, non-specialists?
splendid girl!Kea said:I've already printed the jacket and put it up in the corrider!
I think that this will be difficult to accomplish.he wants an audience of scientists and university students, and he has not DUMBED DOWN the book, but he also wants general audience
I wish there were a scholarship fund to help scholars buy books, Berislav. The initial price is planned to be 50 USD. That is a lot for a beginning university student to spend.Berislav said:I think that this will be difficult to accomplish.
As I gather from the title and his blog, Peter Woit wants to show that string theory can't predict anything. Demonstrating that a theory has no predictive character is much harder than showing that it is wrong. Finding a contradiction or lack of causality in a theory is relativly easy, mathematically and physically. But how does one show that it is fundamentally void of predictability? In any case, I will buy the book. I hope that prof. Woit has actually successed in his quest.
Well I'm not willing to say being arrogant and disrespectful are "wrong" either. Maybe unproductive is something that can be agreed on?roger said:but is the way they are behaving right in your opinion ?
I have found Peter Woit to be, on the whole, remarkably forbearing and polite, even when viciously attacked. So it would be interesting if you would find some quotes from him which you think are arrogant or lack courtesy.roger said:but is the way they are behaving right in your opinion ?
I constantly see arrogant remarks exchanged between them, just because they both disagree on each others theories ?
roger said:It could well be unproductive if both of their respective theories turn out to be wrong.
But I don't understand why two grown men , are acting in such an unprofessional manner.
Roger bless you! Thank you for exonorating Peter! I have seen him terribly insulted and still keep his cool. Now and then he may get huffy but he has real oldfashioned academic courtesy standards. I am so glad you took a second look and revised your opinion.roger said:sorry, you are correct. It was Lubos who was the one provoking him into arguments.
But, even on this forum, I have experienced this kind of arrogant attitude from some members.
What has Lubos done in physics by the way ?
True. It's a bit rich for my blood. I hope that Peter Woit will elaborate on his blog in the near future on the contents of his book. Perhaps it will be cheaper later, or second hand as you suggested.I wish there were a scholarship fund to help scholars buy books, Berislav. The initial price is planned to be 50 USD. That is a lot for a beginning university student to spend.
When I said fundamentally unable to make predictions I should haved added without significant modifications. I thought that it was implied. Sorry.BTW I didn't see Woit say that string theory can never be made predictive.
If you find him making such extreme statements please POST A LINK!
I see, well there seems to be some difference of opinion among string theorists as to whether the theories IN THEIR PRESENT STATE can make a falsifiable predictionBerislav said:...When I said fundamentally unable to make predictions I should have added without significant modifications...
This book could actually be the catalyst that "snaps" the String!marcus said: