Dr. Leonard Susskind. Physicist. Will speak about the origin of the Universe. In a conference organized by the Skeptic magazine and Templeton foundation. What caught my attention reading Dr. Susskind’s bio was the first sentence: The discoverer of string theory.
I write down “definition is discovery” as yet another physics pun. A theory is not discovered. Susskind may have been one of the original researchers who defined a set of PQs for something that later came to be known as the string theory. But no one discovered string theory.
To say “I discovered the string theory” is the same as Al Gore’s claim that he discovered the Internet. Al Gore’s claim appears funny to many people but not Susskind’s. Why? We say that Internet was invented, not discovered. But Susskind is way ahead of the game. He is a scholastic Doctor of Philosophy. He knows how to define things. That’s his job. He says he discovered the String Theory because he assumes that the String Theory is the “language god wrote nature.” Susskind claims that he discovered something that already existed in nature. Just like Newton claiming that he discovered something called the universal force of gravity. Of course Newton did not discover any such force. He defined it.
There is nothing new under scholastic skies. Doctors of Philosophy have been using the same professional tricks for thousands of years. Yet another proof that physics is no different than politics and physicists are no different than politicians. They love doublespeak and they corrupt our language for personal profit.