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The Unreasonable Persistence of Questionable Physical Doctrine

Evert Jan Post
Year: 1999 Pages: 6
Keywords: Paradigms, Copenhagen

The developments of theoretical physics in this century can be subdivided in four major separate time intervals, each taking roughly twenty five years to come to fruition or the lack thereof. The first two quartiles maintain close relations to already existing theory, whereas the last two quartiles are becoming more divorced from existing concepts of understanding. Unlike the highlights of experimental discoveries, theory in those same years reveals a strange recurrence of doctrines that have proven ineffective.