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To the disappointment of high-school students, David Lindley‘s The End of Physics does not claim that this dismal science is obsolete. Instead, Lindley argues that theoretical physics—the nanoscience of quarks, mesons, and kaons—has theorized itself beyond utility, becoming an abstract mathematical exercise that, though elegant, cannot possibly be tested empirically. But The End of Physics is more than just a jeremiad against unverifiable science, it’s also a witty, comprehensible history of modern theoretical physics, a science so difficult that even its practitioners don’t always understand it. Lindley speaks at noon at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. FREE. (202) 727-1186. (David Plotz)