Friday, June 24, 2011


When All Authorities Agree

Cecil Torr, Small Talk at Wreyland (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1918), p. 110:
There is no stopping a mistake after it has started. In the preface to my Ancient Ships I gave the history of a blunder that was made by Scheffer in 1654, and is now in four authoritative books of reference. In fact, when I am told that all authorities agree, I feel certain that one of them has blundered, and the rest have followed him without inquiry.
Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

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