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Re: If the facts don't fit the theory...

Posted by Smokey Stover on March 31, 2008 at 18:53:

In Reply to: If the facts don't fit the theory... posted by Albert Hahn on March 31, 2008 at 11:19:

: "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts" - Albert Einstein What does this mean?

The listing and examination of Einstein quotations in the Wikipedia lists this one under "Unsourced."

" * If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
o This seems one of the more highly dubious statements attributed to Einstein, but it has become widely attributed to him on the internet without any definite source; it seems that this might be a case of an unknown originator seeking to practice what is preached."

This being the situation, it would be worse than rash to attempt to explain Einstein's thinking in this quotation--or non-quotation. See: [dead link removed]