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Butterfield, Jeremy (2018) Lost in Math? [Preprint]

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This is a review of Hossenfelder’s book, Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray. The book gives a breezy exposition of the present situation in fundamental physics, and raises important questions: both about the content of the physics, and the way physics research is organized. I first state my main disagreements. Then, I mostly praise the book: I concentrate on Hossenfelder’s discussion of supersymmetry, naturalness and the multiverse.


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Butterfield, Jeremyjb56@cam.ac.uk0000-0002-0215-5802
Additional Information: Essay Review, forthcoming in the journal, Physics in Perspective, of: Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray, by Sabine Hossenfelder. Basic Books 2018. ISBN: 978-0-465-09425-7, 304 pages, $17.99 (hardcover)
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Jeremy Butterfield
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2019 22:24
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2019 22:24
Item ID: 15724
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Field Theory
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: November 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15724

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