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Wrong for the Right Reasons

  • Jed Z. Buchwald
  • Allan Franklin
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Part of the Archimedes book series (ARIM, volume 11)

About this book

Introduction

The rapidity with which knowledge changes makes much of past science obsolete, and often just wrong, from the present's point of view. We no longer think, for example, that heat is a material substance transferred from hot to cold bodies. But is wrong science always or even usually bad science? The essays in this volume argue by example that much of the past's rejected science, wrong in retrospect though it may be - and sometimes markedly so - was nevertheless sound and exemplary of enduring standards that transcend the particularities of culture and locale.

Keywords

Isaac Newton alchemy calculus photometry planet science

Editors and affiliations

  • Jed Z. Buchwald
    • 1
  • Allan Franklin
    • 2
  1. 1.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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