Even Feynman Couldn’t Admit He Was Wrong

A close acquaintance of mine found a critical error in one of Feynman’s seminal papers about 40 years ago. Feynman never admitted the error publicly, but after about five years acknowledged it privately. It never got corrected.

Human nature.

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22 Responses to Even Feynman Couldn’t Admit He Was Wrong

  1. BobW in NC says:

    Feynman had great insights to science in his writings and presentations that any layperson could appreciate (e.g., his 1974Cal Tech address).

    But, as you point out, Steven, he was human. Please publish this mistake with comment, so that we all can know it, too.

    Many thanks!

    Bob W.

  2. tom0mason says:

    If Feynman took 5 years to admit a mistake, even the only in private, how long will it take these scamming ‘climate scientists’?

  3. Neal S says:

    Perhaps things are different for programmers with respect to admitting mistakes.
    Programmers are often confronted with their errors, and if they ignore or refuse
    to change something, then incorrect operation or bad results will continue.

    The only way to get correct operation or results is to address the error(s) that had
    previously been made. Doubling down on prior mistakes is NOT a winning strategy
    in programming.

    I will admit that especially with respect to programming, I make mistakes all the time.
    But unlike some others, once I have become aware of mistaken ideas or beliefs,
    I do everything I can to correct my oversight or prior lack of understanding.

  4. Climetards will never admit their mistake, they will just deny it like they denied the 1970’s global cooling scam. “We never said the globe was warming, that was just journalists.”

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