Nevertheless, many writers invented and perpetuated the myth that Einstein created relativity. They also claimed that Einstein did this by applying pure thought about how the world ought to be, while ignoring important earlier scientific experiments. They called Einstein's method a "scientific revolution" or a "paradigm shift."
The "paradigm shift" is the theory that suddenly a young brilliant person, who does not rely on scientific experiments, declares that the authorities are all wrong and he has a new theory. This anti-scientific approach caught on like acceptance of an irrational fad even though it is contrary to common-sense notions of scientific progress based on facts and experiments that can be observed and duplicated.
Schlafly convincingly demolishes the portrayal of the history of science in terms of spontaneous paradigm shifts. The writers who espouse these theories about paradigm shifts usually say they are following the example of the great Albert Einstein, but Schlafly's book shows how destructive that argument is to genuine scientific progress.
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