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The Theory of Everything:

A final theory unifying matter and the universe?

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Frank Close, John Ellis, Nicholas Maxwell. Quentin Cooper hosts.

Since Newton's classical apple cart was upset by relativity and quantum theory, physicists have been seeking a "theory of everything" that would unify the macroscopic and the microscopic and explain interactions at all levels. Are we getting closer, or is a final theory of matter and the universe impossible?

The Panel

CERN theoretical physicist and coiner of the term "theory of everything", John Ellis, best-selling Oxford physicist Frank Close, and philosopher of science Nicholas Maxwell investigate the limits of knowledge.

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  • John Ellis
    The Pitch
    Leading physicist makes a case for string theory
  • Nicholas Maxwell
    The Pitch
    Philosopher of science advocates a top down approach of unification
  • Frank Close
    The Pitch
    Oxford physicist argues the need to test all theories
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    What is a theory of everything?
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Why do we strive for unification?
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    The future of grand unified theories
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Vandna Sharma on 13/01/2014 3:40pm

Now we can say everybody have the right to know about the world around us.

chaul ryu on 24/04/2013 6:24am

the real theory of everything -> https://sites.google.com/site/theoryofeverythingchaulryu/

David Morey on 11/01/2013 8:09pm

Further information about Nicholas Maxwell's work can be found here:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/from-knowledge-to-wisdom

http://www.knowledgetowisdom.org/

Slartibartfast on 10/01/2013 12:19pm

These 'ultimate theories' are merely helpful models to explain the phenomena of the world around us, nothing more. We cannot follow the dangerous path of thinking that an abstract is in any meaningful sense real.

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