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Apr28-05, 08:01 PM
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Quote Quote by marcus
the whole scientific enterprise depends on a certain reasonableness. the advocates of a theory discredited by experiment have to be willing to stop adding epicycles after a while. it is natural for them to want to patch their theory up but past a point this gets ridiculous. If everyone acts in sufficient good faith then, as with other social customs, we can blunder through.
Sometimes you see that not the advocates, but later workers looking for a solvable problem will resuscitate a falsified theory, sometimes successfully, in a new context. Both Kalusza-Klein and Weyl's conformal theory are cases of this. Falsified in the day, but later found to be useful.