6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 1997
For those readers who were attracted to Tim Ferris's "Shebang", "The End of Physics" should provide a more realistic view of the problems in cosmology and particle physics. Although it was written 1992, it is still up to date in every way and in my opinion a better book than "Shebang" for the popular science reader. Ferris is more positive in outlook, less sceptical of the scientific process. Lindley claims more of an insider's view, is more comfortable with the math and and is able to take on some of the really difficult concepts by describing memorable visual models that will be very useful for anyone who may later attempt such uneven attempts at cosmology as Guth's new book on Inflation. Lindley's work trying to describe Higgs fields and quantum mechanics is especially brave. I only wish this book had the kind of budget that would have allowed more diagrams where they were needed(one point off)and it was so well written it could easily have been longer (another point off).However, the strength of the book is in the wise way he describes the scientific-theoretical process itself. In his view, the current theories lack the observational and experimental evidence that we normally expect from the scientific theories, scientists have embraced these theories because they can be so easily adjusted without ever being refuted.We have reached a watershed,perhaps, not an End of Physics where the lack of data may condemn the entire effort to an exercise that may never bear any relationship to reality. It is also very well written.