番外篇更精彩

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如果 Jordan EllenbergHow Not to be Wrong 書裡的題外話都是這麼夠水準的心力克(cynical),出版社應該把所有題外話(Aside)搜出來,增加一章「番外篇」。

Aside: it’s important to point out here that people with out-of-the-mainstream ideas who compare themselves to Edison and Galileo are never actually right. I get letters with this kind of language at least once a month, usually from people who have “proofs” of mathematical statements that have been known for hundreds of years to be false. I can guarantee you Einstein did not go around telling people, “Look, I know this theory of general relativity sounds wacky, but that’s what they said about Galileo!”

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