Re: Date's First Great Blunder

From: Anthony W. Youngman <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 19:06:52 +0100
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In message <>, Laconic2 <> writes
>Perhaps more importantly, it accounted for the data available to Isaac
>Newton, correctly and elegantly. Both quantum mechanics and relativity
>were proposed to account for data unavailable in Newton's day.

<pedant hat on>

it did NOT account for the data available to Newton. He spent a large chunk of his life trying to fix the flaws he knew were in it.

Newton had access to 200 years of astronomical observations. Mercury's orbit follows a relativistic path, not a classical one.

<pedant hat off>


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HEX wondered how much he should tell the Wizards. He felt it would not be a
good idea to burden them with too much input. Hex always thought of his reports
as Lies-to-People.
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