December 17, 2009

But, the Science is Settled!

I know y'all get tired of these examples (but the link is pretty interesting).

This is how science is done. Always questioning, diverging, and occasionally denying!

Was Newton right and Einstein wrong? It seems that unzipping the fabric of spacetime and harking back to 19th-century notions of time could lead to a theory of quantum gravity.

Physicists have struggled to marry quantum mechanics with gravity for decades. In contrast, the other forces of nature have obediently fallen into line. For instance, the electromagnetic force can be described quantum-mechanically by the motion of photons. Try and work out the gravitational force between two objects in terms of a quantum graviton, however, and you quickly run into troubleóthe answer to every calculation is infinity. But now Petr Hořava, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks he understands the problem. Itís all, he says, a matter of time.

Damned Relativity-deniers! Don't they know the science is settled!

Hat-tip: Scrivener

Posted by John Kranz at December 17, 2009 7:28 PM

Someday, global warming alarmists will be remembered with the church hierarchies who burned people at the stake for denying that the sun revolved around the Earth, or the believers in phlogiston and later the ether.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at December 17, 2009 10:19 PM

Dude, thanks! I have been misspelling phlogiston for twenty years (yeah, I know you're all shocked...) It is one of the best examples of mistaken science out there. And now I know if does not start with an 'f.'

As for your point, I suspect you are correct, I just wonder how many of us will live long enough to see it?

Posted by: jk at December 18, 2009 11:40 AM

JK, I believe you are confusing this with the word "flogistung." The etymology of this word goes back to the ancient Greek, but has become Anglisized over time. Basically, it means "to give him a good tongue lashing." The Refugee is happy to clarify and educate as best he can.

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