An article in this week's Science News quotes Andrew Strominger -- "I've
felt for a long time that the general public's impression of what string
theory had accomplished and how much of it was correct was too positive"
and suggests that a souring of this inflated enthusiasm is contributing to
the current backlash. In that light, I thought it would be interesting to
look back at the coverage in the New York Times and see if it follows the
classic boom-and-bust cycle we talked about at an earlier session. Here are
Walter Sullivan, "Is Absolutely Everything Made of Strings?" May 7, 1985
K.C. Cole, "A Theory of Everything," October 18, 1987
George Johnson, "Almost in Awe, Physicists Ponder 'Ultimate' Theory," September 22, 1998 (with a sidebar, "New Dimension in Dance: Thinking Man's Macarena")
Dennis Overbye, "String Theory, at 20, Explains It All (or Not)," December 7, 2004
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