Thursday, 26 June 2008

Quote of the Day

by Charles Pooter

From New Scientist's article about the contention that matter in the Universe is arranged in a fractal pattern:

Many cosmologists find fault with their analysis, largely because a fractal matter distribution out to such huge scales undermines the standard model of cosmology. According to the accepted story of cosmic evolution, there simply hasn't been enough time since the big bang nearly 14 billion years ago for gravity to build up such large structures.
In other words: "You must be wrong, otherwise it would mean we have been very wrong about everything for ages, which obviously cannot possibly be the case". This seems to be a standard rebuttal in science these days.

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

Good point. Science has changed from an entrepreneurial-like, decentralized community of individuals, largely self-taught and quite creative, to a bureaucratic priesthood. The catch is that the vast majority of scientific principles and laws we take for granted were discovered by amateurs and dilettantes.