Today’s Newsday has a long article by Michael Guillen about the significance of the new Simons Center at Stony Brook. Guillen is a theoretical physicist who was the science editor at ABC-TV for fourteen years, and now is the host of “Where Did it Come From?” a science and technology show on the History Channel. According to Guillen:
Once upon a time, physics likened the tiniest imaginable whit of matter to a geometrical point that, strange as it sounds, theoretically has no dimension: no width, length or depth. But experimental research into protons, neutrons and other elementary particles led physicists in the late 1960s to argue that a subatomic particle behaves not like a point, but a string – a geometrical line segment, with length but no width or depth.
This stupendous hypothesis was followed by another in the 1990s, when physicists discerned in string theory resemblances to an 11-dimensional version of Einstein’s hallowed theory of gravity.
All of this and more has left scientists deliriously optimistic that in string theory – the latest, greatest offspring of geometry and physics – lies the makings of the long sought-after “theory of everything.”
Besides promoting the current delirious optimism about string theory among physicists, Guillen also makes a living as a motivational speaker and promoter of religious faith. His most recent book, Can a Smart Person Believe in God? tell us that
After the recent, unexpected appearance of something called string theory, science appears to be in the midst of changing its mind yet again. It’s not proposing we live in a universe that has ten or more dimensions!…
As we’ve seen, all the evidence indicates that science is not converging smoothly and consensually upon one firm, reliable understanding of the way our world began or how it operates.
As a guest on the 700 Club, Guillen explained that one of the three things that led him to his religious faith was
2. That if a person can believe in black holes and multiple universes, then it would be no big deal to believe in God.