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The Three Principles of Postscientism (a la George Orwell)


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(Compare with http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/1/ )



The postulate of constancy of the speed of light is false (A. Einstein, "Relativity", Chapter 22), but the theory of relativity is true. Carnot's premise (heat is an indestructible substance) is false, but its corollary (the second law of thermodynamics) is true.




C. Truesdell: « Clausius' verbal statement of the second law makes no sense.... All that remains is a Mosaic prohibition ; a century of philosophers and journalists have acclaimed this commandement ; a century of mathematicians have shuddered and averted their eyes from the unclean...Seven times in the past thirty years have I tried to follow the argument Clausius offers....and seven times has it blanked and gravelled me.... I cannot explain what I cannot understand. »

A. Eddington: «The law that entropy always increases, - the second law of thermodynamics - holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell's equations - then so much the worse for Maxwell's equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation - well, these experimentalists bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope ; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.»








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