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RE (OT) Primes: Randomness and Prime Twin Proof

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  • Jose Ramón Brox
    ... From: Martin Winer A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 21, 2006
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Martin Winer" <martin_winer@...>

      "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and
      making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually
      die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." - Max Planck

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      Math is not a science, but a formal system. The truth is not empirically determined and
      the axioms are the starting point, not the goal. Truth is derived by systematic logical
      application of predefined rules, not by experiment. Therefore, mathematical truth is not
      scientific truth.

      Moreover, word of Planck is not word of God. A good scientist SHOULD change its mind if
      the experiment and the theoretical reasoning both point in the same direction and oposite
      to the scientist's thinking, and only accepts stablished theories as temporary ones,
      always subject to possible changes:

      "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If
      it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong. "
      "The idea is to try to give all the information to help others to judge the value of your
      contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction
      or another. "
      "It is in the admission of ignorance and the admission of uncertainty that there is a hope
      for the continuous motion of human beings in some direction that doesn't get confined,
      permanently blocked, as it has so many times before in various periods in the history of
      man. "

      Richard P. Feynman

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      Jose Brox

      PD Nevertheless, I think that Planck was being sarcastic there, we should see the whole
      context for that quote.
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