being right isnt all

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Being right isn’t all By Sydney J. Harris Some years ago, I recall, a poll of more than 1,000 scientists and educators in 50 countries voted for Isaac Newton as “the greatest scientist” of all time. He won easily over Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Copernicus, Galileo, and a score of other celebrated innovators in every realm of scientific exploration. What was most interesting about this selection was that Newton, who formulated the laws of gravity and motion, ultimately turned out to be wrong. Newtonian physics has been left behind, in the 20th Century -- his concepts of “masses” and “forces” and “inertia” superseded by the dis- coveries of Einstein and Maxwell, Rutherford and Planck. Today’s picture of the cosmos is sharply different from the one presented by Newton. Our whole idea of space, of matter and movement, is in startling contrast to the mechanical universe he explicated. Yet, most modern scientists
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