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Hawking and the End of Physics

Is physics ending? Serious people say so, not always seriously. Are they right and should we care? In 1996 American science writer John Horgan wrote a book, The End of Science. His thesis was that all the big stuff has been done already, that what he calls ‘the primordial human quest to understand the universe […]

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The Reason for Smoothness

Many physicists say space is quantized. Or, as Smolin says, it has an atomic structure. If so, there’s a smallest piece of space, a piece that cannot be divided, inside which nothing penetrates. As Smolin says this spawns a Problem: How the pieces fit together. Observations show that the result is very smooth. At the […]