Accidental truth

The scientific spirit is of more value than its products, and irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.
Thomas Henry Huxley.

Accidental truth of a conclusion is no compensation for erroneous deduction.
Arthur Eddington

The very truth, and the nature of things, though repudiated and ordered into exile, sneaked in again through the back door, to be received by me under an unwonted guise.
Johannes Kepler

Huxley, T.H., 1904. The Coming of Age of “The Origin of Species” p. 229. Macmillan & Company Ltd. London.
Eddington, A.S., 1921. Space, Time and Gravitation: An Outline of the General Relativity Theory, p. 29. The University Press. Cambridge, England.
Donahue, W.H., 1992. New Astronomy Part IV, p. 575. The University Press, Cambridge, England.

All as cited in: Gaither, C.C. and Cavazos-Gaither, A.E., 2008, Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Springer.


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