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    Someone out there could explain about modelling far better than I can.

    All I can think about is how excited every scientist was when they discovered and proved something new.

    Little charged particles - electrons!  Rubber and silk, Ben Franklin and his kite and lightning rods.  Then the implication of positively charged particles - protons!  And the mass discrepancy leading to - neutrons!  Photons, the particle theory of light, discrete electron orbits, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.  And yes, the models went went from the solar system model to a fuzzy, bloblike construct balancing the forces of attraction and repulsion. And yes, what seems solid to us is actually mostly empty space.

    But you know what we got out of all these mistakes, these ambitious attempts to understand the universe we live in?  Electric lights, electron microscopes, trips to the moon, nuclear power and nuclear weapons, modern medicine and moloecular biology.  Modern life.

    So I take my hat off to all the scientists who search and study.  Science rocks!  Even when we know we haven't got it exactly right.  Especially when we know we haven't got it exactly right.

    We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

    by Fabian on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 09:55:07 AM PST

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