Re: Refs, please... was... Re: AAT Theory

Thomas Clarke (
14 Oct 1995 13:24:23 GMT

In article <45e655$> (David L
Burkhead ) writes:
> In article <> (H. M. Hubey) writes:

> >Here it is:

> >"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its
> >opponents, but rather because its opponents die, and a new
> >generation grows up that is familiar with it."
> > Max Planck

> More "scientific name dropping." Planck was wrong. He was proven
> wrong by his _own_ new ideas. Planck was still very much alive when
> Einstein took his idea of a constant relationship between frequency
> and energy and expanded on it.

Einstein, the 26 year old patent clerk, wasn't part of the new generation?

> He was still alive (as were many of
> his peers) when it was adopted by others to become the basis of
> quantum theory.

I think you have to interpret his statement as not being about
biological death but about scientific death. It is pretty
well know that if you havn't done great work in physics by age 30
you are washed up.

Tom Clarke