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From the Ted Talk by Michael Shermer: Why people believe weird things

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This is cishtiraan Huygens's book that catalogs all the mistakes people made trying to fgriue out what was going on with Saturn. It wasn't till Huygens had two things: He had a good theory of planetary rings and how the solar system oartpeed, and he had better telescopic, more fine-grain data in which he could figure out that as the Earth is going around faster — according to Kepler's Laws — than Saturn, then we catch up with it. And we see the angles of the rings at different angels, there. And that, in fact, turns out to be true.

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This is __________ Huygens's book that catalogs all the mistakes people made trying to ______ out what was going on with Saturn. It wasn't till Huygens had two things: He had a good theory of planetary rings and how the solar system ________, and he had better telescopic, more fine-grain data in which he could figure out that as the Earth is going around faster — according to Kepler's Laws — than Saturn, then we catch up with it. And we see the angles of the rings at different ______, there. And that, in fact, turns out to be true.

Solution

  1. operated
  2. christiaan
  3. figure
  4. angles

Original Text

This is Christiaan Huygens's book that catalogs all the mistakes people made trying to figure out what was going on with Saturn. It wasn't till Huygens had two things: He had a good theory of planetary rings and how the solar system operated, and he had better telescopic, more fine-grain data in which he could figure out that as the Earth is going around faster — according to Kepler's Laws — than Saturn, then we catch up with it. And we see the angles of the rings at different angles, there. And that, in fact, turns out to be true.

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