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Fairy tale physics

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Lilygran Mon 03-Jun-13 17:23:02

I admit to being not well-informed about physics but I found the Discussion about this on Start the Week on Radio 4 this morning completely fascinating

Lilygran Tue 04-Jun-13 08:49:50

I'm sorry there was no response to this post, given the number of scientists on GN!

nightowl Tue 04-Jun-13 09:04:08

I'm sorry you had no response Lilygran. I read your post yesterday but I don't feel I am sufficiently knowledgeable about physics to make much of a contribution. It sounds an interesting book, if I could only get over my fear of physics grin. (Failed physics O level 3 times but did go on to get a science degree - I thinks there's science and then there's physics!)

bluebell Tue 04-Jun-13 09:06:28

I listened and found it absolutely fascinating and well argued. I wondered what had happened to string theory - well not much actually it seems. Just started listening to The Life Scientific - female physicist

MiceElf Tue 04-Jun-13 09:30:59

I read the brief overview of the book that you signposted, but didn't hear the broadcast. I'm afraid that my incomprehension of the ideas referred to, is as profound as some of those theories seem to be. Or not to be.

What I'd like to know is this, from anyone who has read the book. Could an historian who has read a lot of 'popular science' but has no other scientific background, make sense of it? If so, I'll give it a go.