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Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe


What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.

The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures.

What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy possibly have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, theoretical physicists are immune to mere trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In fact, acclaimed physicist and bestselling author Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme frontiers of physics are just as susceptible to these forces as anyone else. In this provocative book, he argues that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential in physics, may be leading today's researchers astray in three of the field's most important areas—string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology.

The result is an important critique of some of the most significant developments in physics today from one of its most eminent figures.

However, Nvidia Corporation, by that point one of the top GPU manufacturers in the world, acquired Ageia in 2008, giving them access to Ageia's PhysX engine and Software Development Kit (SDK). This allowed them to do what Havok was in the process of doing: move physics calculations to their GPUs.

It is worth mentioning that using the PhysX engine, or making the physics calculations required in today's gaming world, does not require hardware that is specifically made for PhysX software. ATI, Nvidia's leading competitor in GPUs, makes cards that are similarly capable and, with a little tweaking, can run the calculations required by PhysX enabled games. Also, today's increases in CPU power and Random Access Memory (RAM) availability make physics calculations more doable in CPUs.


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