08 January 2007

Plasma beliefs

This TPOD carries a memorable quote from physicist Alfvén:

Although the theories were generally accepted, the plasma itself refused to believe in them.

Four theories were devised for how plasma would react to a curving magnetic field (as in, what would a solar-sailer encounter?), & the plasma “chose” to follow none of them.

Science versus reality, & for a change, reality won. (-:

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