John Heilbron Debunks Steven Weinberg

My old Berkeley professor John Heilbron pointed out in a witty way the circularity of the Theory of Everything so popular as a goal among high-energy physicists of our time.

Unfortunately, should they succeed in finding a T[heory] O[f] E[verything], they almost certainly will not be able to convey the good news to ordinary human beings. Instead, we will be offered the super-myth: that the world is entirely comprehensible to people unable to communicate their knowledge to any body else.

I thank Paul Forman for the reference. He and John team-taught a course in which I served as student, back in the 70s of the last century.

About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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