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Here's a couple of example about the use of scientific/technological ideas: The secret nuclear arms programme by Israel. This was revealed by Mordechai Vanunu, an Israeli nuclear technician to the British press in 1986. He was kidnapped by Mossad and then sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after a trial that was held behind closed doors. He spent eleven of ...


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The answer to your question in the title is definitely yes. For example, Fermat wrote in a letter: "Perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown that the ancients did not know everything". Fermat lived a century after Tartaglia, and the general opinion was still that "the ancients knew everything". This opinion began to change only after the invention ...


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Feynman is being... liberally creative. What he says is his own interpolation that "makes sense" from the perch of today. "Must have been psychologically wonderful", perhaps, but "freeing of man from the intimidation of the ancients" is not how the men of Renaissance generally felt. The intimidation they sought the freeing from was not of the ancients, but ...


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