Lost in Math

Lost in Math

Most physicists think of beauty as the royal road to discovery; a leading critic shows it is instead the road to nowhere

Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates trusted theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, physics hasn't made a major breakthrough in more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so… (more)