A Universe Made of Strings? What's New?

Everything in the universe is made out of strings. So say the proponents of the latest theory to take physics by storm. All the basic particles of which the universe is made are tiny strings instead of points, as previously assumed. Physicists are attracted to the superstring theory because of its beautiful mathematical structure. I am attracted to it because I knew it all along. In the first place, I have seen these strings. They are luminous, and if you pull them you can watch the universe cha

Andrei Codrescu
Oct 19, 1986

Everything in the universe is made out of strings. So say the proponents of the latest theory to take physics by storm. All the basic particles of which the universe is made are tiny strings instead of points, as previously assumed.

Physicists are attracted to the superstring theory because of its beautiful mathematical structure. I am attracted to it because I knew it all along.

In the first place, I have seen these strings. They are luminous, and if you pull them you can watch the universe change. There are several kinds of strings and many kinds of string-pulling. One kind of string connects all living things. One of the major, if little-known, dangers of television is that it snips the luminous strings that connect living things to one another. (The order of strings that connects TVs to one another is more primitive.)

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