PD Smith

Crazy science

03 August 2006 | Bohr, Doomsday Men, Pauli, Science | Post a comment

For the last week I've been going through the edited version of Doomsday Men. It's never easy seeing your favourite lines struck through, but you reassure yourself with the thought that a better book will emerge at the end.

This is one little anecdote that will probably be consigned to the cutting room floor:

Physicist Niels Bohr once greeted one of Wolfgang Pauli's latest theories with the comment: "We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question, which divides us, is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough."

But don't worry - there are plenty more where that came from...

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