String Cheese Theory

by F.

From Seed comes a discussion of two new books skeptical of string theory:

Is string theory like masturbation? In the past, hostile physicists have likened the stringy “theory of everything” to onanism—a self-gratifying dead-end in the search for the Ultimate Answer. It’s now been half a century since Albert Einstein’s death and scientists still don’t have a single overarching theory that reconciles quantum theory and relativity, explaining the behavior of all the particles and forces in the universe. Physicists are stuck with two mutually contradictory sets of rules, while they believe that nature herself has only one law.

More here. The Economist also has a piece on both books here.