Times in history when scientists got it wrong

These mishaps prove you can't always be right

Stars Insider

17/03/23 | StarsInsider


Everybody makes mistakes. Sometimes you leave the lights on at home, other times you might say, "Thanks, you too," when your server wishes you a good meal. On other occasions, however, mistakes can have earth-shattering consequences and can be perpetuated for centuries.

Numerous mistakes of that magnitude have been made in science. The greatest minds in history were still only as good as the information and instruments available to them. Who are we to blame ancient astronomers for believing the earth was the center of the universe, or that the universe only stretched as far as the eye could see? Thankfully, humanity continues to learn from its mistakes, but it's always good to remind ourselves of some of the more consequential blunders.

Read on to learn about 15 times scientists missed the mark.

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