Re: Max Perutz and Meitnerium

Max More (
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 10:59:09 -0700

At 11:39 PM 4/23/97 +0000, Kathryn wrote:
>Lise Meitner [snip]
>attended Max Planck's memorable debates with the logical positivists
>who declared that atoms simply couldn't exist because they couldn't
>be seen.

Philosophical nit-pick: The logical positivists would not say this. They
would say that the question of the existence of atoms is meaningless *if*
they cannot be observed. Any statement that cannot be broken down into
directly observable entities is meaningless to the logical positivists.

Interesting bit of scientific history Kathryn.


Max More, Ph.D.
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