It appears that a new stage of The Wars has begun. Today I learned from our friend Mottle
that string theory has officially taken over condensed matter physics and its views on quantum gravity, with the AdS/CMT correspondence. Here is one of the crucial papers
under discussion. Unsurprisingly, this has generated comments elsewhere
. Mottle says:
If you don't know, string theory has won the string wars
Given it's ability to completely swallow competing ideas, like a Taniwha
, one can only conclude that Mottle is basically correct, but the accuracy of his statement would probably be improved by inventing a new term for string theory
, to capture its latest metamorphosis into a background independent, holographic, information theoretic fermi liquid theory.