The physics world has a darling - it's called string
theory. The idea that the universe is composed of infinitesimal vibrating
strings. String theory has been the subject of bestselling books, popular
TV series and countless articles. But is it a dead end street? In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge - the physics feud. Why some
scientists says string theory is a brain drain that isn't even provable.
Marcus Chown is a former
Radio Astronomer and the author of "The Quantum Zoo." He is
agog at the wonder of the universe and tells Anne Strainchamps that
we haven't begun to understand the strangeness of it all. Also, Lee
Smolin tells Steve Paulson about the debate in the blogosphere about
string theory's failure to advance the field of physics beyond the accepted
model. Smolin's book is "The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of
String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next." He says
String Theory may be true, but if we can't prove or disprove it, the
entire scientific method is in jeopardy.
Jason Soares is a member
of the band "Aspects of Physics." He tells Jim Fleming that
much of their music has to do with the mathematics of the ratios of
how we assign tones into scales in music. "Aspects of Physics"
has a new album called "Ping." Also, Len Fisher believes
in practical physics. His book, "How to Dunk a Doughnut" gives
scientific explanations for the minutiae of everyday life. He talks
with Jim Fleming.
Russell Stannard is professor
of physics emeritus at Open University in London and the author of the
Uncle Albert books a series of books for children about physics.
He tells Steve Paulson why children can handle ideas that challenge
adults, and why the internationally successful series is not available
in the United States.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-10-08-A.
|Len Fisher, How to Dunk a
Doughnut: The Science of Everyday Life (Penguin)
|Lee Smolin, The Trouble with
Physics (Houghton Mifflin)
|Russell Stannard, The Curious
History of God (Templeton Foundation Press, 2003)
- Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection./ Rhino
Disc 4. Incidental Lounge -Guitars in Space - Billy Mure -Saturday Night
on Saturn - Lee Baxter -Moon Gas - Dick Hyman -Space Reflex (Blues in
5/4) - Dick Hyman
- Aspects of Physics/ Ping/Imputor
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