String theory occupies a special niche in the history of science. It is the only theory of physics with no experimental backing that has managed to not only survive, but also become "the only game in town" to quote Sheldon Glashow ).
Así arranca el artículo de Emam, "So what will you do if string theory is wrong?", que va a salir en julio en el American Journal of Physics.
La opinión del autor es -como mínimo- controversial:
I briefly discuss the accomplishments of string theory that would survive a complete falsification of the theory as a model of nature and argue the possibility that such a survival may necessarily mean that string theory would become its own discipline, independently of both physics and mathematics.
Las expresiones "wrong", "survive a complete falsification", y "own discipline independently of phys&math" me suenan a que podríamos asistir al nacimiento de una verdadera pseudo-ciencia si tiene razón.