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Asimov’s "Relativity of Wrong" April 24, 2007

Posted by Al in : educational,science , trackback

Isaac Asimov was a wonderful author, his Foundation and Robot series were brilliantly written and form the foundation of SF in the Golden Age. He was also a very good scientist, which is why he probably reacted so strongly to an English Literature student attempting to correct him on his science. The student’s failure was in not realising that right and wrong are arbitrary concepts and are not binary in nature. Asimov neatly points this out with an argument that stands all science in good stead – theories are accurate to the level of measurement available at the time. Theories may only be proved incorrect once better forms of measurement are available to allow them to be refined.

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