Saints and Demons

There is an unfortunate habit amongst those who subscribe to a Whig interpretation of the history of science, which sadly seems to include most working scientists and especially those of a gnu atheist persuasion, of dividing historical figures into two categories, saints and demons. Saints are those figures who first produced the theories on which the modern scientific disciplines are founded and the demons are those poor benighted figures whose ignorant unscientific misconceptions those theories replaced. In this travesty of the history of science it is always best if the saints and demons can be presented in pairs reminiscent of a religious scenario in which good triumphs over evil. []

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Aging freak who fell in love with the history of science and now resides mostly in the 16th century.
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