String theory testable? James Hrynyshyn spreading the ST lies & hype & propaganda!!!
String theory testable?
Category: hard science
Posted on: September 29, 2006 12:37 PM, by James Hrynyshyn
One of the biggest weaknesses with string theory, as an explanation for the way the universe is the way it is, and a possible way to bring together relativity and quantum physics, is the paucity of testable aspects. And if it ain't testable, it ain't science. So say the critics. But maybe string theory is testable after all.
The most recent proposed test pops up in today's Science.
Tom Siegfried's story reports that "Superstrings that were supertiny shortly after the big bang could have been stretched by the expansion of the universe to cosmic size today, says Robert Myers of (where else?) the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo." And we should be able to measure cosmic-sized strings, he says.
Peter Woit Reminds him,
The article you quote by Siegfried is full of misleading hype and misunderstandings. Part of what is going on is that the "cosmic strings" that you reproduce a picture of and the Bose-Einstein condensates you mention have nothing at all to do with elementary superstrings, which is what the controversy over testability is about.
There's more about this at my blog
and if you want to see what is wrong with string theory, Luke Lea's suggestion is excellent.
The testability problems of string theory are a matter of principle and very real. Scientists and science journalists should not be trafficking in misleading hype in order to defend string theory against legitimate complaints that some aspects of it are pseudo-science. Doing this is just ultimately going to hurt the credibility of science as a whole, and play into the hands of the IDers.
Posted by: Peter Woit
| September 29, 2006 01:52 PM