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Science’s Greatest Lesson For Humanity Is ‘How To Be Wrong’

18 Oct 2017, 14:01 UTC
Science’s Greatest Lesson For Humanity Is ‘How To Be Wrong’
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Nuclear weapon test Mike (yield 10.4 Mt) on Enewetak Atoll. The test was part of the Operation Ivy. Mike was the first hydrogen bomb ever tested. If not for all the wrong directions we took to unlock the secret of the atom, and the lessons learned from those false starts, humanity would never have been able to reach this scientific goal. or many others. Image credit: National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office.If you don’t learn this one lesson, you’ll not only never be good at science, you’ll never learn anything new.“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” -Augustine of HippoFor some, science is one of the most frustrating subjects out there. On the one hand, it holds the promise of learning how the world or even the Universe works, and has proven itself more successful than perhaps any other method of inquiry. But on the other hand, it’s incredibly difficult to get it right. Science demands a lot from its practitioners, in the form of problem solving, experimental setup and care, and mathematical analysis. There is no scientist in history, living or dead, who ever got ...

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