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Science, Magic and Madness

What is the difference between magic and science? According to Adam Gopnik it's the experimental method, the looking and seeing and testing that goes with true science.

What is the difference between magic and science? What is the difference between Galileo and his contemporary, the famous Elizabethan astrologer and alchemist John Dee? According to Adam Gopnik it's the experimental method - the looking and seeing and testing that goes with true science. But when he wrote about this recently he found that fervent members of the John Dee fan club disagreed.

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A Point of View: Science, magic, and madness

A Point of View: Science, magic, and madness

Galileo was a great scientist partly because he wasn't afraid to admit when he was wrong, argues Adam Gopnik, who only wishes some of the people who write to him could do the same.

Read Adam Gopnik's article on the BBC News website

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