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“And the prize for speculation goes to…” How physics went down a post-empirical dead end

Theoretical physicists who devised a theory for which there is no evidence have received a $3m award. Why am I not surprised? 

By Jim Baggott  

A simulation of data modelled on collisions in the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC never found evidence for super-symmetry. Photo: Lucas Taylor / CERN -

When it comes to our ability to comprehend the nature of space, time, and the material universe, to understand the fabric of physical reality, the “quantum theory of gravity” represents one the most significant scientific theories of our age. Today, we describe the expansion of the universe using Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which explains how gravity works. But to deal with the physics of very…

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