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A 10minute snippet from the awesome BBC4 documentary 'Atom'. It starts with some concluding words on Paul Dirac's famous equation giving rise to antimatter before delving into the strange world of Quantum electrodynamics

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Comment by Michael Grove on December 9, 2010 at 17:01
CARGO CULT SCIENCE

Adapted from the Caltech commencement address given in 1974.

During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of crazy ideas, such as that a piece of rhinoceros horn would increase potency. Then a method was discovered for separating the ideas–which was to try one to see if it worked, and if it didn't work, to eliminate it.

This method became organized, of course, into science.

And it developed very well, so that we are now in the scientific age.
It is such a scientific age, in fact that we have difficulty in understanding
how witch doctors could ever have existed, when nothing that they
proposed ever really worked–or very little of it did.

Richard Feynman

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