According to Brian Greene (1999/2003), a string theorist
who has popularized the field through nontechnical books on the subject as well as a television program in the Nova series, string theory holds that subatomic quarks, of which protons, neutrons, and electrons are composed, "are actually tiny loops of vibrating string" (p.
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So says Lee Smolin, a reformed string theorist
and outspoken commentator on what he sees as an academic patronage system that encourages further research into string theory despite a lack of experimental evidence that supports its claims.
The string theorist
and author (``Super Space'') will speak on ``Einstein's Lesson for the Third Millennium.
This is what Erik Verlinde - a string theorist
at the University of Amsterdam and the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics - posits.
Greene, a prominent string theorist
well known for two previous popular books, provides the best guide available (in this universe at least) to the various forms that parallel universes might take and the science underlying them.
Physicist and Nobel laureate Sheldon Glashow was a finalist in 1950; in 1980 Harvard University string theorist
Lisa Randall was selected.
The point is that we have two different kinds of systems capturing the same kind of physics," says string theorist
Clifford Johnson of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Much of the theory's mainstream popularity stems from glowing presentations of it that have been aimed at general audiences: For instance, Columbia University string theorist
In another type of diagram, strings that are closed back on themselves as loops and moving through space-time appear as branching, tubular figures, notes string theorist
Barton Zwiebach of MIT.
Rather than considering the last 30 years of Einstein's life a waste, Columbia University string theorist
A century later these still intrigue the brainiest of mathematicians and string theorists
He also points out (and deplores) the fact that there is a deep division in the physics community between string theorists
and those who favor other approaches.
Yau (mathematics, Harvard) and Nadis, a science writer and editor at Astronomy magazine, describe Yau's explorations into mathematics and his discovery of hidden six-dimensional shapes called Calabi-Yau manifolds, their features, the math that led to their discovery, the reasons string theorists
find them intriguing, and whether they hold the key to the universe.
Gotham argues that string theorists
"have indicated various ways in which [string theory] is testable and falsifiable," even if these tests are not currently performable, but that intelligent design can be made to fit with any facts whatsoever and is therefore not testable even in principle.