Incorrect, it is not arrogance if a principle has been continuously tested and will be tested and has stood all of those tests for nearly a
century now. If anything, it is the only rational conclusion that we have figured out most of physics in regards to relativity and the standard model.
Even your analogy to Newtonian mechanics and the quantum revolution fails, because Newtonian mechanics still serves as the fundamental principle for
the macroscopic world and only fails at the quantum level. Most engineers, for example, will never have to learn a single principle from quantum
mechanics and get by fine with Newtonian mechanics.
As for ToE, that is much more likely to be a reality within a few decades or even centuries than interstellar travel. If it really could be proven
mathematically that it is impossible, then why do we continue to fund particle theorists that work for a ToE? And Stephen Hawking is not infallible
despite his great achievements. People seem to quote him as the supreme authority on everything. He's not a string theorist, he's a cosmologist. This
isn't the first time for Hawking to talk about a topic that outside of the realm of his expertise.
You misunderstood me. I didn't say that Newton wasn't right, i only said that there were a time, when for almost 50 years physicist thought they have
discovered everything in physics. They didn't know that there's something that lies beyond, and world needed another genius to prove them wrong. Of
course Newtonian mechanics is absolutely good to describe macroscopic world [above micrometer and below the speed of 0,1 c] but its impossible to
describe particle physics with it. Physics work this way: there is theory that is well proven and right about something, but when new theory arrives
which describe better some of the previous theory fields, the old theory is refined[mostly physicists place boundaries on theory broadness], and no
longer apply to everything it is describing. Just like with Newtonian Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics.
We fund particle physicists and we will fund them for next hundred years, there are still many concerns to standard model, like hierarchy problem:
More on this from Matt Strassler a Proffesor in Rutgers University, and Ph.D in Stanford[he works in LHC also]
"Many theoretical physicists have devoted significant fractions of their careers to trying to solve this problem. Some have argued that new
particles and new forces are needed (and their theories go by names such as supersymmetry, technicolor , little Higgs, etc.) Some have argued that our
understanding of gravity is mistaken and that there are new unknown dimensions (“extra dimensions”) of space that will become apparent to our
experiments at the Large Hadron collider in the near future. Others have argued that there is nothing to explain, because of a selection effect: the
universe is far larger and far more diverse than the part that we can see, and we live in an apparently unnatural part of the universe mainly because
the rest of it is uninhabitable — much the way that although rocky planets are rare in the universe, we live on one because it’s the only place we
could have evolved and survived. There may be other solutions to this problem that have not yet been invented."
There's also many paradoxes and problems. Until they aren't solved we can't say we achieved everything in the field of physics.
That's great and all, but can you cite them in peer-reviewed articles or at least any other laboratories that have been able to repeat the
experiments and have arrived at the same conclusion?
It's on Nature site. I guess you know the value and credibility of Nature Journal.
You can access it by proxy system of your university, pay the subscription or get it for free
Again, you don't seem to understand the strict line between "theoretical" and "practical". There are also theories that there are more than 3
dimensions of space, and that inter-dimensional travel or "stepping outside of space-time" can be used to cover vast distances in outer-space. But in
the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't mean anything in terms of applications to the real-world. I doubt we would have technology that could
allow for inter-dimensional travel (assuming extra dimensions exist) any time in the distant future, if ever.
As with most of the inventions its only a matter of time when theoretical will become practical. And i didn't say it will be in 100 years, DARPA in
this matter is utterly optimistic, and i sense some kind of "money scam". Someone get a "fat grant" of million dollars for doing absolutely nothing,
just wasting time. Bureaucracy and big government at its finest.
I'm much more curious why the hell you think we as a mankind will never achieve interstellar travel, yet you believe that some UFO could. Really that
conspiracy stuff about reverse engineering of UFO crafts is so stupidly idiotic.
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