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To me, the main question when modeling a process in the social sciences is "when does emulation count as explanation?"
— John Myles White (@johnmyleswhite) March 25, 2013 Interesting question. I guess the problem is that sometimes in science a model does not pretend to make any prediction, neither is supported by any relevant data. It simply emulates reality.
Two New York newspapers (The New York Times and the New Yorker) are running stories about whether string theory is a theory of anything or not. Specifically, both articles are reviews of a couple of very critic books on string theory: * NOT EVEN WRONG : The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law. By Peter Woit.
* THE TROUBLE WITH PHYSICS The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next.