Farewell to Reality
From acclaimed science author Jim Baggot, a pointed critique of modern theoretical physics In this stunning new volume, Jim Baggott argues that there is no observational or experimental evidence for many of the ideas of modern theoretical physics: super-symmetric particles, super strings, the multiverse, the holographic principle, or the anthropic cosmological principle. These theories are not only untrue; they are not even science. They are fairy-tale physics: fantastical, bizarre and often outrageous, perhaps even confidence-trickery. This book provides a much-needed antidote. Informed, comprehensive, and balanced, it offers lay readers the latest ideas about the nature of physical reality while clearly distinguishing between fact and fantasy. With its engaging portraits of many central figures of modern physics, including Paul Davies, John Barrow, Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking, and Leonard Susskind, it promises to be essential reading for all readers interested in what we know and don’t know about the nature of the universe and reality itself.
If you have ever been interested in hardcore science, but were too intimidated because you felt that you were out of your league when reading some of the more technical books, then you will definitely want to get your hands on this book.
Jim Baggott brings physics to the everyday man (or woman) in a way that is understandable and keeps you wanting to read. As a major nerd, I have always had a keen interest in science and try to expand my horizons beyond my typical areas of interest. However, more often then not, I get bored after reading for a short period of time because most books are extremely dry text. However, Baggott actually makes it feel like you aren't reading some boring textbook. He even points out where scientists disagree with one another on theories. This isn't something that you would normally learn in a textbook or common physics class.
I actually felt like I had learned something and can hold an intellectual conversation on some of the more complex physics topics.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.