Social Scientist. v 28, no. 330-331 (Nov-Dec 2000) p. 70.

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The Feudalism Debate

Harbans Mukhia, ed., The Feudalism Debate, Manohar, New Delhi, 1999. Pp. 344, Rs 600

On the Sources of Debates:

If I were wrong, then one would have been enough! Albert Einstein on the book 100 Authors Against Einstein

''What should you do when you find you have made a mistake? Some people never admit that they are wrong and continue to find new, and mutually inconsistent, arguments to support their case... Others claim to have never really supported the incorrect view in the first place or, if they did, it was only to show that it was inconsistent. It seems to me much better and less confusing if you admit in print that you were wrong'

Stephen W. Hawking, (Hawking 1989, 159, 188)

'...I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics ...I am going to tell you what nature behaves like. If you will simply admit that maybe she does behave like this, you will find her a delightful, entrancing thing. Do not keep saying, if you can possibly avoid it, "But how can it be like that?9' because you will get "down the drain", into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that9

Richard Phillips Feynman, (Feynman 1967, 129)

* Department of History, ARSD College, University of Delhi

Social Scientist, Vol. 29, Nos. 11-12, Nov.-Dec. 2000

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