Murray Gell-Mann Talks About Beauty And Truth In Physics

Unfortunately, WordPress (the free service I use) is very picky about what videos it will embed. It won’t do this one. So I tease you with some screensnaps that should entice you to go look at the video.

Wielding laypeople’s terms and a sense of humor, Nobel Prize winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones? Can the fundamental law, the so-called “theory of everything,” really explain everything? His answers will surprise you.

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One of the errors of this world — particularly, if not strictly uniquely, of American life — is that we have been duped into applying the rightness of eternal beauty in science to the transient and superficial beauty of human beings.

Some of the most foul human beings I have ever encountered had deceptively appealing surfaces.

For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isaiah 53:2, KJV

Few will comprehend the applicability of that quote.

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