[ExI] Discontent with the path physics is taking

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Wed Aug 17 16:09:58 UTC 2011


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[mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Dan
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:35 AM
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Subject: [ExI] Discontent with the path physics is taking


This is from another email forum, but I wanted to get some opinions from
folks here. Do you think Dennis's concern is valid? He seems to believe
string theory and all that is eating up and laying waste to the field.







Dan, this has long been a concern of those outside string theory, but I look
at it this way.  String theory has few if any commercial applications.
There is *plenty* of physics going on in microdevices and other areas where
there are enormous economic incentives.  String theory is not competing with
that, and that is where the money is.  I don't worry if a few physics
professors struggle over their 14 dimensional mathematics and eat up some
small and dwindling theoretical research budget supplied by governments.  I
cheer for them, hope they find interesting stuff.  I am interested in
theoretical physics myself.  I worry they may have taken a long and
fruitless path.  But I don't lose any sleep over it.









----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Dennis May <dennislmay at yahoo.com>
To: "atlantis_II at yahoogroups.com" <atlantis_II at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 9:50 PM
Subject: Re: [atlantis_II] Subconscious Working Hard


My area of interest is theoretical physics [,] so cosmology, gravity, QM are
the primary areas
of interest.  I view most of the allied fields as engineering applications.

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