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Book review: Lost in math - How beauty leads Physics astray

Sabine's book surrounded by beauty. Backreaction blog In May 2017, I ran across an intriguing Physics paper 1 that claimed to explain the observed value of the cosmological constant using ingredients drawn from the theories of general relativity and quantum mechanics. This paper had garnered a large amount of public attention, and I thought it would be fun to read through it and then report back on the paper's main findings to the " Club d'astronomie de Rimouski ", of which I am a member. This paper was outside my field of expertise (physical oceanography), filled with mathematical notations that I was not familiar with, so that I quickly felt the need to look for a critical assessment of it by a physicist specialized in cosmology. Google searches eventually led me to a Backreaction blog post 2  by Sabine Hossenfelder. Her post contained a healthy mixture of positive and more critical comments about this 'hot off the press' paper proposing an e