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The Relativity of Wrong
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Even those that do have formal training, however, could benefit from reading the eponymous essay which offers a great rebuttal to those who think that scientific theories are just current guesses that can be radically overthrown at any given moment.
-- Isaac Asimov, "The Relativity of Wrong"
In other words, two answers may be wrong. But one answer may be _less wrong_ than another. Asimov states that science is not a process of replacing an absolute wrong with an absolute right so much as it is a process of refining relative wrongs. The essay that develops these ideas is the last in this collection, and it is worth the price of the book by itself.
The remaining sixteen essays are divided into three groups: "Isotopes and Elements," "The Solar System," and "Beyond the Solar System". One essay, "Opposite!" (on antimatter) is placed in the third category instead of the first section, because it leads into the next essay, "Sail On! Sail On!" (on interstellar flight). Asimov does not believe that an FTL drive will be anything more than a fictional convention, but he does believe that interstellar flight is possible. Read these essays to find out what it could be.
There are essays on two of the lesser known planets: Uranus ("The Unmentionable Planet") and Pluto ("The Incredible Shrinking Planet"). Asimov, incidently, is dead against the "demotion" of Pluto from planetary status and offers a classification system of his own. I am not sure that this system solves all the problems that emerged with the increasing size of the Kruiper belt.
Asimov gives attention to the appearance of Comet Halley in 1985. I went outside to look for it on the night of its arrival-- and saw nothing.Read more ›