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The universe, are we on the right track?

  1. Jun 22, 2006 #1
    I know that as inexperienced as I am with this subject as well as higher math, I shouldn't be challenging those that are more experienced than me. However, just going by instinct, doesn't anyone else feel like I do that all of this multi-dimensional stuff, strings, p-branes, supersymmetry, fractional spin, et cetera, are missing the big picture or possibly even the gallery, and are products of us making things more complicated than they really are? I mean "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication," (-Leonardo da Vinci) and all this stuff seems just so sci-fi that it's hard for me to believe that this is the way it really is. I'm not trying to insult the whole forum or the entire physics community or anything, because I admire and share the same interest in answering the same questions, but I can't imagine that the universe is this unexpectedly complex. I would expect the secrets of the universe that we are trying to uncover would be more simple, brilliant, kind of like Dan Brown-ian if you know what I mean.

    Unfortunately, I have no ToE to propose, I'm just a 15 year old looking at the feild and the subject from a more philosophical view tonight.
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  3. Jun 22, 2006 #2
    Why can't the universe just be plain ugly? What philosophical objection is there to that?
  4. Jun 22, 2006 #3

    Ivan Seeking

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    "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible."

    "It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure." -- Albert Einstein

    Personally, I'm still betting that a simple elegance will emerge.
  5. Jun 22, 2006 #4


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    I have worked on this problem for many years and now i can publish my toe
    theory,( every thing in the universe is stuff).
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