“And the prize for speculation goes to…”

September 30, 2019 | From Prospect Magazine


“And the prize for speculation goes to…” How physics went down a post-empirical dead end.

Theoretical physicists who devised a theory for which there is no evidence have received a $3m award. Why am I not surprised?

When it comes to our ability to comprehend the nature of space, time, and the material universe, to understand the fabric of physical reality, the “quantum theory of gravity” represents one the most significant scientific theories of our age. Today, we describe the expansion of the universe using Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which explains how gravity works. But to deal with the physics of very small things we reach for a completely different theory, called quantum mechanics.

Published by Prospect Magazine 9 August 2019. Read the article here.