Friday, September 10, 2010

(Mis-)Guided by Scientific Prejudice

Aurora - the visible part of magnetic storms / © Tom Eklund
 
"Guided by Maxwell’s electromagnetic theory of light … it seems as we may be forced to conclude that the supposed connexion between magnetic storms and sun-spots is unreal, and that the seeming agreement between the periods has been a mere coincidence."
Lord Kelvin [1892]

Today we know that Lord Kelvin was mis-guided - or simply limited by his scientific prejudice.

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