Challenging the Settled Science
Eddington was Einstein's bulldog - championing the German's ideas in an England fiercely defensive of Newton. He had gone to Africa to observe an eclipse and conduct the first experimental test of relativity.
The world waited for the results: would Newton's ordered universe be replaced by - as the English saw it - an Einsteinian madness that would require an entirely new philosophy?
These events have now been dramatised in a BBC/HBO film, Einstein and Eddington....A few things in the film are altered for the sake of drama....But no matter; the story movingly invokes the passion of the two young scientists, reminds us how creative and exciting science can be, how it is rebellious, sometimes, and world-changing...
And how real scientists are prepared to be open and challenge the consensus. Gravity - the science was settled. Civilisation was literally built on the Newtonian theory. But it didn't quite fit at the edges so it was capable of being, if not overturned, then fundamentally revised. I wonder why it is that challenging the far flimsier foundations of the AGW theory is verboten.