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The Elegant Universe: Strings
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 08:55 AM
Did anyone watch these episodes? If so, what do you think about string theory?
I really love quantum physics, or should I say I enjoy the theories it discusses although I would never been able to understand the maths!
It was presented with great examples I thought, the loaf of bread etc although when it got to that part my DH was well and truly snoring!!
Posted 21 August 2006 - 11:43 AM
I skipped last weeks episode - seemed to be pretty basic, but last night with string theory was interesting. Poor DH sat & watched it with me, not really his cup of tea, and I was the one who fell asleep!!
String theory sounds very interesting, even though the whole 11-dimensions thing is a bit mind boggling. Though I did read a quote once that "anyone who can contemplate quantum physics without their head spinning hasn't really understood it". The loaf of bread explained it quite well though.
Is it on again next week?
Posted 21 August 2006 - 06:40 PM
I saw most of last night's episode & was really interested but was so tired I was falling asleep on the couch
Posted 23 August 2006 - 11:53 AM
It was great - very watchable. I have read about string theory & membranes before, & got lost with it, but this program was just so well put together that I could understand it a *bit* better.
If their maths is correct, and there has to be at least 11 dimensions, with all those other universes - that is just so mind-boggling.
Posted 23 August 2006 - 11:55 AM
I saw this 2 years ago when we were living in England. Seems to happen that we get a lot of programs here long after the rest of the world. Anyway, DH thinks string theory is pretty much 'out of fashion' with physicists these days.
Posted 23 August 2006 - 01:24 PM
I find it interesting that particular religions, namely the Hindus,in their religious writings, long spoken about multiple dimensions and "higher" space etc. Science is annoying in that it has to come up with a mathematical formalue before something can be considered "real".
So I liked how the string theory came up with a formulae to prove something which simply cannot be proven (because it is astronomically small and can't be manipulated in a laboratory), at least in this universe anyway!
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