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String Theory Sceptic

  1. Nov 20, 2004 #1
    Hello, everyone,

    The purpose of this thread is that I really want to know how many people there are interested in the string theory and believed in it... As an amazing spectacular theory of everything with a great mathematical beauty, it does attracts me a lot... However, it seems that lots of specialists (university professors, physicsts...) do not quite like this theory...

    I just want to grab some opinions from you guys... because this is important to me. The string theory is something I have been looking for since I was born... alrite, just expect to see some replies, thanks...

    Thomas_Joe
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2004 #2
    Oh, ohoh, thanks everybody for reading it, but it seems I have already found the answer...

    The reason I cannot see happiness from those specialists face is because the string theory is not a mature theory yet, and because of that, they cannot give me any certain comment about it...

    So, I think this is the reason for their unhappy faces. It is not because they do not believe in it... am I right?
     
  4. Nov 21, 2004 #3

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    No falsifiable predictions is my stumbling block. String theory is elegant, but hard to get a grip that makes a connection with observation.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2004 #4
    I agree with Chronos on this one. I first found out about String Theory in the 9th grade and after reading several books on the subject (most by Kaku), I find myself no closer to the truth than 5 years ago. I have no reason to believe it is true because as of right now I feel it relies too much on untestable conditions. It could also be said because I have not seen the math behind the theory that I am not inclined to believe it.

    Edit: I'd also like to say that I have no real formal background in physics so I am not a good reliable opinion :)
     
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  6. Nov 21, 2004 #5
    Alrite, I got it, thanks Vsage and Chronos (Sorry to reply by only one thread but I think your opinions are more or less the same...)

    So, that is because there has no observational evidences about it... and that makes it ... immature...

    Right, thanks for your comments guys... I am going to carry on reading The Elegant Universe~~ :smile:
     
  7. Nov 21, 2004 #6

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    It's a work in progress, in the past theories could be fomulated ab=nd falsified within the sspace of a few years, but string theory is very complicated and not very easy to test, so this process istaking alot longer.
     
  8. Nov 21, 2004 #7

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    Agreed, jc. I don't think there is anything inherently wrong with string [although I admit I am biased in favor of LQG], it just needs a lot more work before it can be considered hard science.
     
  9. Nov 21, 2004 #8

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    String theory is defintely science, all scientific theories orginate in a simlair way, it's just that most scientiifc theories progress past the stage that string theory is currently in very quickly, so this gives it the appearance of somehow being radically different to other scientifc theories.
     
  10. Nov 21, 2004 #9
    There is possible ways to provide proof for string theory-- my favorite is finding proof of strings in the stars. If string theory is correct then strings have been around since the beginining of the universe, and if so then when the big bang happened strings were their and they would have expanded with the universe, so it just might be that we one day find strings with a "telescope"... also people are looking for evidence of super symmetery and the graviton and with CERN comming it should help revamp our view of the universe soon.
     
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