Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Phlogiston, O Phlogiston!

Thony does a great job explaining why phlogiston was an excellent, if incorrect, scientific theory: it was a huge help in advancing research.

In science, it is better to make big, important mistakes, than to be correct on minute points. (Although there is nothing wrong with the latter.) Another example: Einstein was wrong about quantum mechanics, but his critiques drove the field forward.

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