Keeping Theoretical Physics on Track
|Title||Keeping Theoretical Physics on Track|
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|Author(s)||Robert L Oldershaw|
|Keywords||theoretical physicists, Grand Unified Theories, theoretical physics|
|No. of pages||5|
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During the early 1980s theoretical physicists were so impressed with the perceived potential of Grand Unified Theories in particle physics, and the Inflationary Scenario in cosmology, that some were envisioning an 'end of physics' and were wondering what to do after the basic foundations of theoretical physics were 'finished'. Rest assured, their jobs were never in jeopardy, and many theoretical physicists have backed away from such grandiose claims. However, from the way that phrases like 'theory of everything' and 'wavefunction of the Universe' are still popping up, it appears that the disease 'unreasonable confidence in highly speculative models' has not been eradicated, but rather is only in partial remission.