"The only way to have real success in science ... is to describe the evidence very carefully without regard to the way you feel it should be. If you have a theory, you must try to explain what's good about it and what's bad about it equally. In science you learn a kind of standard integrity and honesty."
Richard Feynman


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Scientific contests, like footraces, are often won for the wrong reasons. The fight over the theory of superconductivity was one of the longest and bitterest in the history of science, primarily because the cental issue was conceptual. The theory was eventually accepted on the basis of the 'spectroscopic' detail it accounted for---the heat capacity, the heat transport coefficient, the energy gap, the relationship of this gap to the superconducting transition temperature. . .thus they say that superconductivity is an instability of the electron sea. They say that the attractive force between electrons causing this to happen is mediated by atomic motion. They say that the superconducting state has an energy gap related in a simple way to the transition temperature. And so forth and so forth. . .in fact none of these are essential. . .the Meissner and the Josephson effects are what actually justify the soul of the theory, not all those details.

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