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Source for quotation about science/physics?

  1. Mar 15, 2006 #1
    I read this some time ago, I don't remember where. Roughly paraphased:

    "Old scientists are never convinced of any radical new theory. Eventually, the old scientists die and are replaced by new ones who grew up being taught it."

    Does this sound familiar to anyone? Thanks for your help.
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  3. Mar 15, 2006 #2


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    That sounds like Thomas Kuhn's 'stability & revolution' theory of how science works.
  4. Mar 15, 2006 #3
    Yeah, I think it might have been Kuhn.
  5. Mar 15, 2006 #4


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    It was Max Planck, written in The Philosophy of Physics.

    Just dug out my copy of Bartlett's, so here's the full quote as they have it:
    Note that in the actual quote, the word "rarely" is used, not "never."
  6. Mar 15, 2006 #5
    Thanks, Moonbear.
  7. Mar 15, 2006 #6

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    Another version that used to be part of my signature: Science progresses one death at a time.
  8. Mar 15, 2006 #7
    A great website for whatever quotes you need is http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Mathematicians/Faraday.html" [Broken] would be the link you would get; a list of quotes for the scientist.

    - Faraday

    My Favourite quote.
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