Quote: Robert Jastrow on Science

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‘Now and then a scientists stumbles across a fact that seems to solve one of the great mysteries of science overnight. Such unexpected discoveries are rare. When they occur, the scientific community gets very excited.

But excitement is not the best barometer of scientific validity. Science, said Adam Smith, should be “the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm”. The case of the disappearing dinosaurs is a fascinating demonstration that science is not based on fact alone. The interpretation of the facts is even more important.’

Robert Jastrow, Ph.D. (Physics) (Director, Institute for Space Studies, USA), ‘The dinosaur massacre’ Omega Science Digest, March/April 1984, p.23

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