10 December 2005

Scientist *admits* to barking up wrong tree

This is a very important thing to do, especially when it frees a whole branch of science up to explore fresh alternatives:

We don’t know what we are talking about [...] Many of us believed that string theory was a very dramatic break with our previous notions of quantum theory, but now we learn that string theory, well, is not that much of a break. [... The 1911 Solvay conference, facing radioactivity for the first time] were missing something absolutely fundamental; we are missing perhaps something as profound as they were back then.

Not just some random from the backwoods, either.

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