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Chronic Incompleteness, Final Theory Claims, and the Lack of Free Parameters in String Theory

Dawid, Richard (2018) Chronic Incompleteness, Final Theory Claims, and the Lack of Free Parameters in String Theory. [Preprint]

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Abstract

String theory has not even come close to a complete formulation after half a century of intense research. On the other hand, a number of features of the theory suggest that the theory, once completed, may be a final theory. It is argued in this chapter that those two conspicuous characteristics of string physics are related to each other. What links them together is the fact that string theory has no dimensionless free parameters at a fundamental level. The paper analyses possible
implications of this situation for the long term prospects of theory building in fundamental physics.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Dawid, Richardrichard.dawid@philosophy.su.se0000-0002-1472-2958
Additional Information: only minor changes compared to the first version.
Keywords: string theory, final theory, classical limit, free parameter
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Depositing User: Dr. Richard Dawid
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 15:43
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 15:43
Item ID: 15467
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Gravity
Date: October 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15467

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