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Physicists often describe the current era as one of the great ages of physics. This is at odds with the current state of the science, which finds that its two most highly regarded theories, Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics, are mutually incompatible when trying to explain many of the most exotic phenomena of the universe. As a result of this incompatibility, many physicists fear that these theories may need replacement or significant revision.

Which of the following best resolves the potential incongruity between the description of the current era of physics and the state of the two major theories discussed?

(A) Some physicists believe that both the General Theory of Relativity and the Standard Model will need revision or replacement, but others think that one of the two remains an accurate description of the rules of nature.

(B) Many of the theories that are considered possible replacements for General Relativity or the Standard Model, such as M-Theory or Superstring Theory, remain highly controversial and exist without significant experimental evidence to support them.

(C) Many of the physicists who were responsible for formulating the Standard Model have risen to positions of considerable responsibility within the scientific community partially by virtue of the theory's prediction of several recently discovered subatomic phenomena.

(D) Physicists do not necessarily view the goal of their profession as the discovery of static models that explain or predict a set of phenomena, but rather as the pursuit of ever-evolving theories that further refine our understanding of the universe.

(E) Data to support the next round of theories will require ever more sophisticated and powerful research tools, in many cases exceeding the capability of what can be studied by traditional tools such as particle accelerators and requiring the use of space-based observatories.

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IMO D by POE..

If the physicists goal is to come up with evolved theories that further refine the understanding, the incompatibility will work in their favour in achieving their goal and declaring the great era of physics.

A- Out of scope.
B-Out of scope.
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E-Out of scope.
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Paradox exist because two theories are in compatible. Reason for such paradox, something new has been found. The only explanation that can resolve the paradox is if this new discovery can be used for further research.

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Physicists often describe the current era as one of the great ages of physics. This is at odds with the current state of the science, which finds that its two most highly regarded theories, Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and the Standard Model of particle physics, are mutually incompatible when trying to explain many of the most exotic phenomena of the universe. As a result of this incompatibility, many physicists fear that these theories may need replacement or significant revision.

Which of the following best resolves the potential incongruity between the description of the current era of physics and the state of the two major theories discussed?

A)Some physicists believe that both the General Theory of Relativity and the Standard Model will need revision or replacement, but others think that one of the two remains an accurate description of the rules of nature.

B)Many of the theories that are considered possible replacements for General Relativity or the Standard Model, such as M-Theory or Superstring Theory, remain highly controversial and exist without significant experimental evidence to support them.

C)Many of the physicists who were responsible for formulating the Standard Model have risen to positions of considerable responsibility within the scientific community partially by virtue of the theory's prediction of several recently discovered subatomic phenomena.

D)Physicists do not necessarily view the goal of their profession as the discovery of static models that explain or predict a set of phenomena, but rather as the pursuit of ever-evolving theories that further refine our understanding of the universe.

E)Data to support the next round of theories will require ever more sophisticated and powerful research tools, in many cases exceeding the capability of what can be studied by traditional tools such as particle accelerators and requiring the use of space-based observatories.

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Going with option D as this option conveys what scientists think of the current era .
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IMO, this is resolve the paradox question.

Analyze the question.

Fact1: Physicists often describe the current era as one of the great ages of physics
Fact 2: But two most highly regarded theories of this era are mutually incompatible

We need to find an answer that helps to explain both sides: this current era is the great age, but two highly regarded theories of this era are mutually incompatible. The fact that One theory is incompatible with other theory does not necessary mean one must replace/disprove other. The later theory can develop from the earlier theory and find out some weaknesses of the earlier. From that, the later theory can come up with something new that is different from that of the earlier theory.

Consider each answer.

A)Some physicists believe that both the General Theory of Relativity and the Standard Model will need revision or replacement, but others think that one of the two remains an accurate description of the rules of nature.
Wrong. A does not help to explain both sides.

B)Many of the theories that are considered possible replacements for General Relativity or the Standard Model, such as M-Theory or Superstring Theory, remain highly controversial and exist without significant experimental evidence to support them.
Wrong. Out of scope

C)Many of the physicists who were responsible for formulating the Standard Model have risen to positions of considerable responsibility within the scientific community partially by virtue of the theory's prediction of several recently discovered subatomic phenomena.
Wrong. Out of scope

D)Physicists do not necessarily view the goal of their profession as the discovery of static models that explain or predict a set of phenomena, but rather as the pursuit of ever-evolving theories that further refine our understanding of the universe.
Correct.

E)Data to support the next round of theories will require ever more sophisticated and powerful research tools, in many cases exceeding the capability of what can be studied by traditional tools such as particle accelerators and requiring the use of space-based observatories.
Wrong. Out of scope
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Correct Answer: D

The incongruity in this passage is that physicists view the current era in a positive light even though two major theories appear to be in jeopardy.
An answer choice that explains this will resolve this problem.

Answer choice D suggests that physicists might enjoy the idea of needing to search for new theories rather than relying on existing ones and D is, therefore, the correct answer.

Answer choice A gives some of the background.
Answer choices B and C might actually increase surprise at the good cheer of physicists and
answer choice E is simply out of scope.


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IMO D by POE..

If the physicists goal is to come up with evolved theories that further refine the understanding, the incompatibility will work in their favour in achieving their goal and declaring the great era of physics.

A- Out of scope.
B-Out of scope.
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E-Out of scope.





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The situation is that two theories described are incompatible when trying to explain the most exotic of phenomena.
As a result, many physicists fear replacement or revision is required.

What resolves the potential incongruity (paradox really)?
A doesn't explain why two theories established before now were accepted, but now these theories may need to be revised; thus, A is incorrect.

B is incorrect because an observation of the controversy of a situation doesn't help to explain why that situation may exist.

C is incorrect. If people climb to a position then why would that help explain an apparent discrepancy?

D tells us that physicists realise that when theories are established, these theories were established with a view that they would be revised and will continue to evolve; thus, D explains why current physicists are now considering revising two previously established theories.

E is completely irrelevant. We don't care about the next round of theories. We care about understanding why a discrepancy exists with current theories
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