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Re: Pluto kooks on the warpath

Subject: Re: Pluto kooks on the warpath
From: "oriel36"
Date: 19 Sep 2006 12:16:01 -0700
Newsgroups: sci.astro.amateur
Richard Tobin wrote:
> In article <1158630686.229297.35870@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
> Rich <rander3127@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> >Saw on the news a group of them demostrated to get Pluto re-instated as
> >a real planet instead of a dwarf.  Someone should tell these people
> >that being a nostalgia nut does not mix particularly well with being a
> >scientist.
>
> Re-classifying planets is not science.  Astronomy is not
> stamp-collecting.
>
> -- Richard

It is not  simply a matter of rewriting textbooks to take into account
8 planets,it is that the discovery of Pluto was heralded as a success
for empirical  celestial mechanics -

"The first planet to be discovered was Uranus by William and Caroline
Herschel on 13 March 1781. It was discovered by the fact that it showed
a disk when viewed through even a fairly low powered telescope. The
only other planets which have been discovered are Neptune and Pluto.
These were predicted using ingenious mathematical arguments based on
Newton's laws of gravitation and then observed near their predicted
locations. "

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Neptune_and_Pluto.html

So Tobin,it is people like yourself going around with
pseudo-authorative  statements while nobody enjoys the spectacle of
watching you shoot yourselves in the foot .Mediocrity does not have any
heights or depths and when a situation like this occurs it is difficult
to see how it turns out especially when the mediocrity of celestial
sphere astrologers is governed by half wits like dynamicists.


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