Wednesday, October 05, 2011

It Only Takes One

Congratulations to Dr. Schechtman, who has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering quasicrystals.  Despite the scorn and discouragement of his colleagues, Dr. Schechtman did not fall for the "science is consensus" nonsense -- and now he has a Nobel to hang on his wall.  Nothing is as sweet as proving your detractors wrong--well, maybe proving them wrong and getting a Nobel Prize doing it.

During the Second World War Germany got a hundred scientists to sign on to a broadside claiming Einstein (persona non grata there for being a non-dead Jew) was wrong.  When the reporters told him a hundred scientists said he was wrong and asked his opinion, he merely said "If I was really wrong, it would only take one."



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