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Richard Feynman Was Wrong About Beauty and Truth in Science

Massimo Pigliucci: As the German theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder has pointed out (also in Aeon), there is absolutely no reason to think that simplicity and beauty are reliable guides to physical reality. She is right for a number of reasons. To begin with, the history of physics (alas, seldom studied by physicists) clearly shows that many simple theories have had to be abandoned in favor of more complex and ‘ugly’ ones.

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