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Many popular-science authors such as Stephen Hawking or Brian Greene would try to give you the impression that if M-theory passes all self-consistency checks, there will be one "Mathematically Inevitable Theory of Nature", M-theory. Not trying to diminish the immense proportion of the human achievement a "Theory of everything" would represent, the ...


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Actually, what one does when trying to build a new theory is to look for mathematical tools that already exist that can be used to reproduce in the paper the results you find in the lab. For example, one finds out empirically that electrons form a wave-like pattern in the double-slit experiment. So, a theory that wants to describe this property of electrons ...



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