Monday, July 16, 2012

Deviant Science, Part 13

"A colleague of mine showed your reporter's account to me and said, 'what a whitewash.' I had followed the situation as it developed and knew he was right, but he had not; how did he know? He smiled and reminded me he was an expert on judging evidence in difficult physics experiments. In physics the truth is rarely perfectly clear, and that is certainly universally the case in human affairs. Hence, what is not surrounded by uncertainty cannot be the the truth (unless it be written in Russian 'pravda')."

-- Perfectly Reasonable Deviations From the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman, edited by Michelle Feynman, Basic Books, New York, 2005, pg.301.

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