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Abuse of Copernicus

October 13, 2009

From a review of Stephen Meyer’s latest attempt at science-by-popular-book:

Meyer’s book, if he can successfully carry the burden of proof, is probably one of the most important books since Copernicus challenged the prevailing scientific notion 566 years ago that the Earth was the center of the universe.

A tad hyperbolic, don’t you think?

*head explodes*

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  1. afarensis, FCD
    October 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Naaah, they have a Newton, now they need a Copernicus…

  2. October 14, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Who’s this Copernicus guy?

  3. RBH
    October 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Afarensis beat me to it: Meyer is Copernicus because Newton was already taken.

  4. DLC
    October 14, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    RBH and Afarensis : I presume you mean fig newton . . .

  5. Saint Onan
    October 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Not only hyperbolic, it’s wrong. The review credits Copernicus with publishing thirty years before he was born.

  6. October 15, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Not only hyperbolic, it’s wrong. The review credits Copernicus with publishing thirty years before he was born.

    Shit I missed that and I’m supposed to be an expert on the publication of De revolutionibus!

    It’s exactly 100 years before that publication so I assume that the reviewer can’t do simple arithmetic

  7. October 15, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Technically, I’d say it’s true. If Meyer met the burden of “proof,” it would be quite a feat.

    The “if” kills him, though.

    Glen Davidson
    http://tinyurl.com/mxaa3p

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