171: String Theory
Title text: This works on pretty much every level.
String theory is an elaborate theory in theoretical physics for explaining how the universe works. When a new theory is thought up, the theorists will usually supply some predictions of future discoveries based on the theory; I suppose Randall is unimpressed with the quantity of such predictions that have been made by string theorists. String theory has also yet to provide any useful new knowledge to engineering science the way quantum physics has, and lacks the imagination-stirring philosophical implications that the general population associates with other fields — for example, quantum scientists have Schroedinger's cat to talk about, and relativity gave us the twins paradox and (unscientific talk of) time travel, but string theory hasn't reached that stage yet.
- String Theory summarized:
- Cueball: I just had an awesome idea. Suppose all matter and energy is made of tiny, vibrating "strings".
- Friend: Okay. What would that imply?
- Cueball: I dunno.