3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Continuing Challenge to Unify the Laws of Physics (Paperback)
«This book attempts to tell a complicated story that may be of interest to readers with a wide range of different background. Some parts of the story are inescapably rather technical, involving not widely known parts of both mathematics and physics. As a result, most readers are likely to have trouble with at least some chapters.»
A physicist and mathematician, a lecturer teaching graduate courses in the mathematics at Columbia University, New York, is Peter Woit the ideal candidate to write this book about the failure of the String Theory ?
Sir Roger Penrose evidently thinks so, having even encouraged the project and helped the author to find a publisher.
On the other hand, by far the most common reaction from superstring theorists has been to ignore the authors arguments on the ground that he wasn't saying anything not well known to people in the field.
And what about the non-experts ?
«Professional physics and mathematicians are quite used to the idea that one cannot hope always to follow a technical discussion and one needs to be ready to skip ahead to where things again get less demanding. Just about all readers should find this tactic necessary at one point or another.»
Even so, this book is not highly readable, nor accessible to the layman; rather quite a challenge.
Therefore, despite his fascinating exploration of the quantum mechanics and the quality of his documentation, a rating of three stars seems appropriate for such a perilous enterprise.