Okay, let me first say I only caught, like, the last 15 or 20 minutes of that episode of NOVA. Right? And despite extensive education (yes, I even took rocket science classes in college) and having grown up surrounded by brilliant people (scientists, engineers), my understanding of theoretical physics is limited and probably quite out of date seeing as I haven’t subscribed to any of those magazines in years now. (They don’t even publish Omni any more, do they?)
Whatever, whatever, whatever. I’m angry that they’re trying to pass off these little strings as some kind of unification device. You might as well tell me little fairies exist at the subatomic/subnuclear level and that’s how it all hangs together. The whole fucking universe. “They’re [the strings] so small there’s almost no chance of us ever seeing them.” Really? How convenient for you and your theory. Seriously? Oh, I see! The strings vibrate! Well then, that explains everything, doesn’t it? Gah.
I know I’d need to do more reading to make a real argument against this, and who knows, after doing said reading I might be a convert. I’m really just having a gut reaction to this NOVA thing. All these (male!) physicists trying to sell me on how smart they are and get me to believe their string theory, simply because they can’t find any other explanation for black holes . . . We’re working under the assumption there are black holes, and that the universe does, in fact, work on explicable principles, but that’s something else again. A mixture of science and philosophy, I suppose. That is, in essence, theory. Or one way of looking at it.
But it’s past my bedtime anyway, and I haven’t had enough wine to start in at this hour and go all night. If you want to debate it, hit me up on a weekend and bring some alcohol and snacks. And a few good reference books.