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John Horgan (Stevens Center for Science Writings, Cross-Check) and George Johnson (The Cancer Chronicles, Raw Data)

John tells George about how he bonded with his son over horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, and then they turn to science news. Have scientists really discovered the Higgs boson? Even if they have, John and George say we’re a long way from a theory of everything. They argue against “boot-strap” physicists that try to explain how something can come from nothing. Finally, they wonder, with physics in a state of crisis, what will bright young minds study?

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Science Faction | Jul 7, 2012 | John Horgan & George Johnson

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