Wednesday, February 17, 2010

When You Wish Upon a Star

I don't think there's a person in the U.S. who isn't a fan of the Star Trek Universe.  What would you give to be a crew member of the Starship Enterprise?  Would you be willing to give up, say, the planet Jupiter?  Lee Dye, in an interesting opinion piece in the technology section of the ABC News web page, posits just this in How to Travel at Warp Speed.  But don't pack your bags quite yet:
 "But there's a few more problems. Scientists are at odds with each other over whether string theory should even be considered science.
"Many maintain that the theory cannot be proved, or disproved, as far as is known, so it isn't science. Others hold out hope that some very expensive machines in the future may verify, or debunk, the theory.
"So the Starship Enterprise is coasting through very thin air, to say the least."
That's some point.  Is String Theory science's religion?  I'll be investigating that further shortly. 

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