Friday, May 22, 2020

Book Update

The US version of my book "Lost in Math" is about to be published as paperback. You can now pre-order it, which of course you should.

I am quite pleased that what I wrote in the book five years ago has held up so beautifully. There has been zero further progress in the foundations of physics and, needless to say, there will be zero progress until physicists understand that they need to change their methodology. Chances that they actually understand this are not exactly zero, but very close by.

In other news, on Monday I gave an online seminar about Superdeterminism, which was recorded and is now available on YouTube. Don't despair if Tim doesn't quite make sense to you; it took me a year to figure out that he isn't as crazy as he sounds.

The How The Light Gets in Festival which is normally in Hay-on-Wye has also been moved online. I think that's great, because Hay-on-Wye is a tiny village somewhere in the middle of nowhere and traveling there has been somewhat of a pain. Indeed, I had actually declined the invitation months ago. But since I can now attend without having to sit on a car, a bus, a plane, a train, and a taxi, I will be in a debate about Supersymmetry tomorrow (May 23) at 11:30am BST (not CEST) and giving a 30 mins talk about my book at 2pm (again that's BST).

18 comments:

  1. Good luck with your talk at the How the Light Gets In Festival. Can you not get yourself put on the following panel and kick Philip Goff's a*se once and for all? I'm sick of my taxes being spent on cranks like this guy.

    The Key to Progress
    Henry Gee, Philip Goff, Güneş Taylor. David Malone hosts.

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    1. Frankly I think this is a waste of time. As long as people buy bullshit, bullshit will be on sale.

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    2. But you have written blog posts about these kinds of topics. If you have a fly swatter and an annoying fly is right there, why not swat it?

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    3. Yes, well, I am not on that debate. I'll keep on swatting, no worries.

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    4. I'd be more than happy to publicly debate this Sabine. Philip Goff (not sure why my name on your blog is 'Art Uncut'...)

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  2. Looking forward to your talk. Do you mean GMT, or BST? (UK is on BST at the moment.)

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  3. Do you have a plan to release an ebook or a PB in other zones? Getting books shipped to Australia is generally expensive, and with COVID-19 operations, are now eye-wateringly expensive and slower.


    Hay-on-Wye is in a pretty corner of Wales, but yes it is a pain to reach. The last time I went there I was walking Offa's Dyke along the entire Welsh/English border with my dog.

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    1. The Kindle version was published 2 years ago. I don't have a publisher in the UK or in Australia.

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    2. OK. The Kindle market is unfortunately region-limited so it doesn't show up in Amazon UK or Australia.

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    3. Yes, I know. People have told me this for two years. I don't understand why. You should be telling publishers in these countries that they should publish my book, and not repeat to me what I already know, namely that I do not have a publisher in these countries.

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  4. Hi Sabine,

    one question, maybe you answered already: what kind of thing, in your opinion, would be "progress in the foundations of physics"?

    Best,
    J.

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    1. A better description of nature. "Better" in the way of explaining more with less. Higher explanatory power.

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  5. I suspect your book has held up well for an oddly simple reason: Your fundamental analysis is correct, and the problems you describe are sufficiently pervasive and damaging to inhibit further progress in theoretical physics until corrective actions are taken.

    Corrective actions are needed in particular from the critical federal funding agencies of multiple countries. I can say that as a bit more than just a casual assertion, since I have been intimately involved with and influential in the theoretical direction of US federal funding for both artificial intelligence and robotics research. Research insights and applications of results in these domains have expanded rapidly, intermittently at exponential rates, over the same period when US-funded research in physics theory has continued its decades-long asymptotic decline towards zero incremental progress.

    The good news is that with enough additional funding and disregard for the warnings of your book, this status quo federal funding strategy for physics research may soon achieve the exquisitely unique historical accomplishment of driving all incremental progress — and not just that of now-disproven string theory — down to exactly zero.

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  6. Your statement about zero further progress is only applicable to members of the physics community. I took the insights from your book and have solved how nature and the universe works. Unfortunately the physics community, and even you Sabine, have been unwilling to engage and learn what I have found.

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    1. Has it occurred to you that the problem may be you rather than me?

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    2. John, That's a major problem with the physics community for sure. Talking a good game is easy, actually playing it isn't, but isn't necessary. There are 100 new theories out there each month so few in Academia will read any. I'm retired so try to. Do post a link, but be prepared for honest critique!

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