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Max Planck on the Changing of the Guard in Science

“A 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

8 thoughts on “Max Planck on the Changing of the Guard in Science”

  1. Hi Mahendra! Thomas Kuhn made the same point as Planck in his classic, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. It’s almost the tragedy of our species that we so often seem unable to grasp any radically new truth that contradicts or supersedes what we have always thought was the truth.


  2. Paul: Stephen Covey describes it very well – though not in this context – in terms of a “Paradigm Change” – in his “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”.


  3. Well
    im no expert here
    i think it is the will that is more lacking in some instances rather than the grasping ability.Is it wrong to say that maybe it is evolution that has made people find safety in numbers.


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