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String theory: Science’s ultimate dead end? October 5, 2006

Posted by ionicflux in Science.
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universe.gifFor decades, physicists have been sure they could explain the universe in a handful of complex equations: now many are starting to fear they have been led down a cul-de-sac

The most ambitious idea ever outlined by scientists has suffered a remarkable setback. It has been dismissed as a theoretical cul-de-sac that has wasted the academic lives of hundreds of the world’s cleverest men and women.

This startling accusation has been made by frustrated physicists, including several Nobel prize winners, who say that string theory – which seeks to outline the entire structure of the universe in a few brief equations – is an intellectual dead end.

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