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In Search of the Ultimate Building Blocks by Gerard 't Hooft

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26 Into the black hole

If superstrings will not yield the ultimate answers, then in which direction should we continue our research? Or did we throw ourselves so far into the world of the unknown and unintelligible that we are about to drown in nonsense? Are we burying ourselves beneath so many impossible questions that we should be considered lost for science? Does it make any sense at all to speculate about a Theory of Everything in this strange world of Planck numbers? Perhaps the title of this chapter makes you fear the worst.

Nothing excites our curiosity more than the unintelligible. What is so curious about the world at the Planck length is that no model at all can be found that gives a reasonably self-consistent description of particles ...

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