Settled Science? | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 46 | p. 2 | Letters
Issue Date: November 14, 2011

Settled Science?

Department: Letters

Science reported in two recent news stories in C&EN could change some basic scientific beliefs. Awarding the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of quasicrystals required fundamental revision of the time-honored definition of crystallinity (C&EN, Oct. 10, page 7). And the news from CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) of neutrinos reportedly traveling faster than light, if true, will cause a major upheaval in physics (C&EN, Aug. 29, page 33).

Now, could someone kindly explain to me—slowly—exactly what is meant by “settled science” (a phrase one often sees these days in the pages of C&EN)?

By Russell N. Grimes
Charlottesville, Va

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