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Re: Date's First Great Blunder

From: Anthony W. Youngman <wol_at_thewolery.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 19:06:52 +0100
Message-ID: <MhckzGG8grhAFwBu@thewolery.demon.co.uk>


In message <UqmdnV72APRkfeLdRVn-jA_at_comcast.com>, Laconic2 <laconic2_at_comcast.net> writes
>Tony,
>
>Agreed.
>
>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>

Cheers,
Wol

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