String Theory is Not Dead

Posted on October 21, 2006  Comments (3)

The Universe on a String by Brian Greene (author of The The Elegant Universe).

String theory offers a new perspective on matter’s fundamental constituents. Once viewed as point-like dots of virtually no size, particles in string theory are minuscule, vibrating, string-like filaments. And much as different vibrations of a violin string produce different musical notes, different vibrations of the theory’s strings produce different kinds of particles. An electron is a tiny string vibrating in one pattern, a quark is a string vibrating in a different pattern. Particles like the photon that convey nature’s forces in the quantum realm are strings vibrating in yet other patterns.

Without the exact equations, our ability to describe these attributes with precision is limited, but the theory gives enough direction for the Large Hadron Collider, a gigantic particle accelerator now being built in Geneva and scheduled to begin full operation in 2008, to search for supporting evidence by the end of the decade.

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3 Responses to “String Theory is Not Dead”

  1. CuriousCat: New Yorker on CERN’s Large Hadron Collider
    February 25th, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    “Every time a proton makes a circuit around the L.H.C. tunnel, it will receive electromagnetic nudges to make it go faster until, eventually, it is travelling at 99.9999991 per cent of the speed of light…”

  2. CuriousCat: The State of Physics
    April 6th, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

    “Physics has become obsessed with strings, branes and multiple dimensions, yet the big questions remain fundamentally unanswered. Has the time come to admit these wild conjectures have failed, and move on?…”

  3. Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog » Put a Little Science in Your Life
    June 1st, 2008 @ 11:01 pm

    “Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable – a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional…”

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