At Ricochet, Claire Berlinski introduces her father, mathematician David Berlinski, asking
Why Haven’t Our Great Expectations of the Sciences Been Met?
Claire Berlinski, Ed. (Jun. 14, 2011): My father reflects upon the expectations he once held for scientific inquiry and what he imagined we would know in the year 2011. We find ourselves, he says, without the unifying, powerful theories he expected to see by now.
Instead, he suggests, we’re in “slack-jawed perplexity.”
John Horgan has voiced similar ideas, especially in The End of Science, and earned his share of grief for it.