Friday, August 20, 2010

You make the inference

Part of Bob Park's WN on 20 August 2010 includes the following:

Last week I commented about Conservapedia, which was created to counter the "liberal bias of Wikipedia." As an example, I quoted from an item about relativity and Einstein. Physicist Don Langenberg, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Maryland, who happened to be reading "The German Genius" by Peter Watson (Harper, 2010), remarked that the Conservapedia position quite accurately echoes a view expressed in May 1924 by Nobel physics laureates, Philipp Lenard and Johannes Stark in which they compared Hitler with the giants of science. This marked the emergence of "Deutsche Physik," which eschewed relativity and quantum theory, arguing that they were too theoretical, too abstract, and "threatened to undermine intuitive mechanical models of the world." Langenberg wonders if its possible that our rabid right might be pushing us toward revisiting the tragic events of the early 20th century.


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