The Living Force
This could be due in part to Murphy's Laws for String Theorists:Laura said:What is true from inside the scientific community is that Quantum physics says nothing about dimensions. In fact, quantum physics has problems with just four dimensions of space-time. Quantum theory is still incompatible with Einstein's relativity theory. Probably both need to be adjusted and expanded. The very concept of "probability" will most probably be developed beyond our current knowledge limits and replaced by "complexity" in the the future theory.
That doesn't mean that one of the popularized ideas might not later prove to be wholly or partly correct, but no one really knows at present.
Or maybe this?1)If you fix a mistake in a mathematical superstring calculation, another one will show up somewhere else.
(2) If your results are based on the work of others, then one such work will turn out to be wrong.
(3) The longer your article, the more likely your computer hard disk drive will fail while you are typing the references.
(4) The better your research result, the more likely it will be rejected by the referee of a journal; on the other hand, if your work is wrong but not obviously so, it will be accepted for publication right away.
(5) If a result seems too good to be true, it is unless you are one of the top ten string theorists in the world. (By the way, these theorists refer to their results as "string miracles".)
(6) Your most startling string-theoretic theorem will turn out to be valid in only two spatial dimensions or less.
(7) When giving a string seminar, nobody will follow anything you say after the first minute, but, if miraculously someone does, then that person will point out a flaw in your reasoning half-way through your talk and what will be worse is that your grant review officer will happen to be in the audience.
(8) For years, nobody will ever notice the fudge factors in your calculations, but when you come up for tenure they will surface like fish being tossed fresh breadcrumbs.
(9) If you are a graduate student working on string theory, then the field will be dead by the time you get your Ph.D.; Even worse, if you start over with a new thesis topic, the new field will also be dead by the time you get your Ph.D.
(10) If you discover an interesting string model, then it will predict at least one low-energy, observable particle not seen in Nature.
In summary, anything in string theory that theoretically can go wrong will go wrong, but if nothing does go theoretically wrong, then experimentally it is ruled out.
And philosophers will debate the meaning and implications of quantum mechanics and be particularly concerned about uncertainty. And many will be frustrated and annoyed. But, as for the uncertainty principle, scientists will understand it. And Nature simply shall obey it.
To decide and then revise. To decide and then retreat.
Uncertainty will certainly confuse the wise.
And theorists using the rules of quantum mechanics will carry out countless computations. And the computations will all agree with countless experiments performed by experimentalists. And scientists will develop a great trust in quantum-mechanical dynamics. And for some scientists, the faith will be as strong as a Christian's faith in God.
Now as a consequence of the uncertainty principle, it shall be impossible to know simultaneously and exactly the position and momentum of an object. Thus position and momentum in quantum mechanics shall only probabilistically be known. And this shall be completely different from the notion of position and momentum in classical mechanics, where they are known with certainty. From The Bible According to Einstein :)