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Turtles All the Way Down

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Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time


Stephen Hawking in A Brief History of Time starts with the anecdote.

A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?”

“You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

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Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time


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สิงหาคม 3, 2007 ที่ 7:03 pm

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