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Light

In critical rationalism, experiments on 15/06/2011 at 9:22 pm

As the problem presented itself to us there were three possibilities. There might be no deflection at all; that is, light might not be subject to gravitation. There might be a ‘half-deflection,’ signifying that light was subject to gravitation, as Newton had suggested, and obeyed the simple Newtonian law. Or there might be a ‘full deflection,’ confirming Einstein’s instead of Newton’s law. I remember Dyson explaining all of this to my companion Cottingham, who gathered the main idea that the bigger the deflection, the more exiting it would be. ‘What will it mean if we get double the deflection?’ ‘Then,’ said Dyson, ‘Eddington will go mad, and you will have come home alone. (S. Chandrasekhar, Am. J. Phys. 47, 212 (1979))

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