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Fit to Be Tied

Impatience with string theory boils over

11:49am, October 17, 2006

Jazz musician Ken Hatfield entitled his compact disc released in June String Theory. A quilt-maker, Denyse Schmidt, offers quilts with the same title in two color schemes. Elizabeth Dewberry's novel His Lovely Wife (2006, Harcourt), about a woman married to a Nobel laureate physicist, "uses string theory to weave together two women's lives," the publisher's note says. The abstruse theory asserting that infinitesimal strings of energy make up the most fundamental constituents of the universe is flourishing as an icon of scientific brilliance.

Much of the theory's mainstream popularity stems from glowing presenta

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