Started by Unbeliever, July 08, 2019, 02:29:34 PM
Quote from: Baruch on August 24, 2019, 08:54:02 AMI may recall that, now that you mention it. One can see, given the intellectual prejudice of the time, that anything non-circular might be ... ignored initially.
Quote from: Cavebear on August 24, 2019, 10:44:26 AMYes, memory is wonky sometimes. The whole ellipses thing was Keper's discovery. I will sadly note the standard scientific references to him skips the errror and just discuses the correct conclusion, as if no one ever passed on an idea to examine it better later...Personally, I think checking one's facts to realize you were right the first time is pretty impressive.
Quote from: Cavebear on August 24, 2019, 01:57:35 AMFirst, oops I meant Kepler. And it was mentioned in the Sagan or Tyson Cosmos series. I can't find it online. The reference is to Kepler having actually found the correct formula for planetary orbits using a ellipse but made a mistake and passed it by only to return to it later and seeing it worked. Does anyone have a similar recollection and/or link?
Quote from: trdsf on August 24, 2019, 03:37:36 PMIt was in the Sagan Cosmos episode, "The Harmony of the Worlds". Skip forward to 31:30 --https://youtu.be/pDYMF1RGthQ