Contested Boundaries: The String Theory Debates and Ideologies of Science

Perspectives on Science 23 (2):192-227 (2015)

Kristian Camilleri
University of Melbourne
“The confrontation between string theory and its critics,” writes Jarod Lanier, “is one of the great intellectual dramas of our age”. String theory is widely regarded by its practitioners as the only the only viable option for constructing a unified theory of gravity and elementary particle physics. It has attracted an unprecedented number of researchers, including many Nobel Laureates, and has been instrumental in opening up new areas at the intersection of mathematics and physics.. Yet, since the 1980s it has been mired in controversy, and has been labelled science, speculative metaphysics, non-science, pseudoscience..
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