The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next Reprint Edition

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"A splendid, edifying report from the front lines of theorectical physics . . . A wonderful gift." The San Francisco Chronicle

" “An uncommonly clear and confident account . . . Even those who differ with many of Smolin’s contentions can applaud his bringing physicists’ anguished night thoughts into the clear light of day.”—Tim Ferris

“If you want to think in new ways about the interconnected universe around you, read Lee Smolin’s provocative, inspiring book.”—Margaret Geller

"The best book about contemporary science written for the layman that I have ever read ... Read this book. Twice."

The Times of London

About the Author

Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who has made influential contributions to the search for a unification of physics. He is a founding faculty member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His previous books include The Trouble with Physics, The Life of the Cosmos and Three Roads to Quantum Gravity.

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  • Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 061891868X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0618918683
  • Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.08 x 8.25 inches
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Richard B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and informative read - see review for details.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2017
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Satori Hugh
4.0 out of 5 stars Musings on string theory, quantum gravity and the lack of risk-taking in today's physics academia
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2017
Not actually for the layman at all. A pompous, verbose, self-indulgent rant against string theory by a spoilt brat who apparently feels that physics (or what he believes to be physics) has lost its way.

If you have a good grasp of physics, you might gain something from this book. Otherwise I suspect you might be better off buying something less high brow and a little more accessible - and inspiring.

All in all, for me I’m afraid this book is deeply disappointing on two levels. Firstly, that Smolin appears to be so disappointed with his chosen subject and career and secondly, that I as the reader feel so disappointed in his disappointment.

I like my science challenging, yet still positive, uplifting and inspiring. This left me simply confused and intellectually empty.

What a disappointment.
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Tired Old Man
4.0 out of 5 stars The book is easily readable, and doesn't require any serious understanding of ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2015
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3.0 out of 5 stars Physics needs a dreamer
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2010
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