What Is 25 Years in Physics?

Previously, I posted about the seemingly dead end physics is in that was titled “Trouble in Physics–At a Dead End?” Below are excerpts from an Amazon reviewer of the book, Bankrupting Physics: How Today’s Top Scientists Are Gambling Away Their Credibility. The book’s author, Alexander Unzicker is a German theoretical physicist and science writer. His message is even more critical than those of Lee Smolin and Peter Woit I summarized in my earlier post. The reviewer’s point is that 25 years is not that long of a time for having the experimental capability to prove a radical new insight on physical reality. Here are the reviewer’s key examples:

  • The Bose-Einstein Condensate (a fifth phase of matter) was predicted in 1924 by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein. However it was not experiementally proven until 1995, more than 70 years later!
  • Zygmunt Florenty Wroblewski and Karol Olszewski conjectured in 1864 that electrical resistance would drop at ultra-cold temperatures. It wasn’t until 1911 that Heike Kamerlingh Onnes used liquefied Helium to cool Mercury that the superconductivity phenomena was discovered.

I believe that there is some truth in the reviewers comments. I have confidence that physicists will someday in the future have the experimental means to probe subtle-energy dimensions and fields.

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