November 27, 2018

Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder

The book makes great points, especially regarding the faulty incentive structure of scientists and the charade of “research proposals” for funding. My only qualm is that the reader may come away thinking there are no objective measures of goodness for models, which is not true. Statistical learning theory, Bayesian Occam factors, algorithmic complexity etc. each grapple with this problem, yet not much of this is mentioned.
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