Thursday, April 10, 2014
John Horgan: Same old, same old.
John Horgan writes about science for National Geographic. You may remember him from his book, The End of Science. His thesis, 17 years ago, was that science is basically done - there just aren't going to be too many more profound discoveries, particularly in physics, because we've figured it all out and the rest is just details. Well, I'll give him this for consistency: He's still flogging this dead horse 17 years later, as seen in his recent column. I disagree with his point of view. Even if you limit yourself to physics, there are plenty of discoveries left to be made for a long time to come - things only look bleak if (a) you're only a reductionist; and (b) you limit your interest in physics to a narrow range of topics. In other words, possibly looking for supersymmetric partners at the LHC might not be a great bet, but that doesn't mean that all of science is over.
Posted by Douglas Natelson at 10:18 PM