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A Giant is Gone 18 Mar 2008

Posted by Jessa in Science.
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Arthur C. Clarke has died.  I’ll admit that I never really enjoyed his books, but I do appreciate the impact that he has had on the field of science.

I particularly like Clarke’s three laws:

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

These are good rules for scientists (and non-scientists) to remember.

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