'It Ain't Necessarily So': Nature's Little Surprises and How to Accept Them (The John Chappell Memorial Lecture)

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Title \'It Ain\'t Necessarily So\': Nature\'s Little Surprises and How to Accept Them (The John Chappell Memorial Lecture)
Author(s) Peter Marquardt, Paul Wesley, Georg Galeczki
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Published 2007
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 4
Number 1
No. of pages 5
Pages 129-133


The Natural Philosophy Alliance (NPA) sponsors regular international conferences for presenting high-quality papers discussing aspects of philosophy in the sciences. Many papers offer challenges to accepted orthodoxy in the sciences, especially in physics. Everything from the micro-physics of quantum mechanics to the macro-physics of cosmology is entertained. Though the main interest of the NPA is in challenging orthodoxy in the sciences, it will also feature papers defending such orthodoxy. Our ultimate purpose is to enable participants to articulate their own understanding of the truth. All papers are reviewed by society officers, and sometimes by other members, before presentation in conferences, and they are edited, sometimes very significantly, prior to publication in the Proceedings of the NPA. NPA is, in turn, the only component of the non-profit corporation: The Natural Philosophy Foundation, Inc., (NPF). The NPF was incorporated in the State of Maryland on July 17, 1995 with the intent to become a long-term science fostering charity organization