Off-topic posts (was Re: So-long...)

Sir Knowitall at
Mon Dec 14 23:23:26 EST 1998

I might (or might not) try to please you by sourcing the date and name of
the article and publication I based my example on. Meanwhile it is about
amorphous silicon crystals. At the time the experts said to this inventor
that it could not (according to relevant theories) be used to convert
sunlight into electricity.

There are quite a few examples of such clashes of minds.

But, as you probably realise, what I was getting at in the first place was
intolerant and tunnelvisioned attitudes, not seeing the forest for all the
trees, and so forth.

And in all of this I include a warning to myself as well, not the least! ;-)


Peter Fellin

Walter Eric Johnson wrote in message <754ik6$16h$1 at>...
>\"Sir Knowitall\ ( at wrote:
>: Just a one single example: The history of the origin of amorphic solar
>: cells.
>What about them?  Are you trying to imply that the theory was done by
>someone with no expertise in any appropriate field (physics, I assume)?
>Are you saying that the established theory said one thing and someone
>with little or no expertise came up with another theory which contradicted
>the first and was proven right?  Are you just implying that the first
>person to notice and comment upon some effect was not an expert in
>the field (which does not a scientific revolution make)?
>If you're going to give an example, then give the example.  So far, you've
>only mentioned something which may or may not be an example.
>Eric Johnson

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