Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Notes from Planet X: pt. 3

"I personaly don't care one way or the other [if Pluto is truly a planet]. Pluto just goes on the way it is, regardless of what you call it.
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If Pluto continues to be referred to as the ninth planet, it would only be due to tradition and sentimental reasons. People are fond of planets, because the idea of a planet conjures up notions of home, life, happy things, and astronomers are always looking to find more planets, not to lose them. So in the end, the question goes back to this: Should science be a democratic process, or should logic have something to do with it?"
-- Jane Luu, as quoted by Neil deGrasse Tyson in "The Pluto Files," pg 71.

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