January 19

Going Mental

Saturday’s Big Idea

Theory of Everything

Philosophy has always had the goal of simplifying knowledge, that is to say, reducing our understanding of the universe to a single unifying theory.

The more progress that we make in science however, the more we realize what we don't know. In his critique of Super String Theory, Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser uses the helpful metaphor of an island. Knowledge is an island that is constantly growing. The more it grows, the larger the border around it grows. 

So the history of knwoledge will always be incomplete, Gleiser argues. 

  1. 1 Can We Reach the End of Knowledge?
  2. 2 Is String Theory Stringing Us Alo...
  3. 3 The Ultimate Mystery of the Universe
  4. 4 The Theory of Everything
   
  1. Can We Reach the End of Knowledge?

    Can We Reach the End of Knowledge?

    Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser tackles the headache-inducing question of whether we can arrive at the end of knowledge. 

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  2. Is String Theory Stringing Us Along?

    Is String Theory Stringing Us Along?

    The “Not Even Wrong” author explains one of physics’ most famous theories—and why it may have led thousands of scientists down a cold trail.

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  3. The Ultimate Mystery of the Universe

    The Ultimate Mystery of the Universe

    Stephen Wolfram ponders what a unified theory of the universe might look like.

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  4. The Theory of Everything

    The Theory of Everything

    Discovering the Theory of Everything would be the crowning achievement of modern science, allowing mankind to master time and space.

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