The failure of string theory
Excellent! Physicists have in their midst the seeds of a revolution. The new book by Peter Woit entitled "Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory And the Search for Unity in Physical Law" (see Amazon here) sets out to expose String Theory as an example of The Emperor's New Clothes. It's about time too. By the usual standards of science, where you demand that any theory must make predictions whose experimental verification can potentially falsify the theory, String Theory is not even science. String Theory is a very interesting piece of mathematics, but it doesn't have any impact on the real world that real scientists inhabit. As far as I can tell, from the perspective of scientists, the claim that String Theory is relevant to the real world belongs in the realm of philosophy; it is an interesting assertion, and one that we could debate at length, but one that is not anchored in the real world. Is String Theory the sort of ingenious philosophical construction that scientists construct when they are starved of real-world input from experiments? Is the pseudo-religious bigotry of some proponents of String Theory a sign that they are finally realising that they don't have any real scientific arguments to defend themselves, but that all they have is a rather beautiful mathematical construction that they merely claim is a model of the real-world.
I might be accused of indulging in "social commentary" here. Yes! That's exactly what I am doing, because the situation in String Theory seems to be driven by social dynamics rather than scientific dynamics.