Re: Great Truth and their Contraries
Thu, 25 Nov 1999 09:45:10 +0100

Damian Broderic wrote:
>>Niels Bohr, who declared that a great truth is a statement whose
>>opposite is also a great truth.

>Sorry, this is a great stupidity.


?Of course, by its own tenets that would make it also a great wisdom.
>It is a great truth that the earth orbits the sun. It is a great error (one
>believed in mistake for hundreds of thousands of years) that the sun orbits
>the earth (or, more strictly, that the earth does *not* orbit the sun). No
>prevarications about common centres of gravity deep inside the sun, please.

In an open space there is no centre. Any point can be appointed. You just adapt the formulas and the universe rotates around the Earth.

>Bohr's metaphysics lent mystification to much of his scientific work, which
>might well have retarded our understanding of QT for generations.

Eric van den belt