Thursday, May 20, 2010

The great scientist and the lucky horseshoe

A fellow scientist once visited Niels Bohr in his office and was amazed to find a horseshoe nailed to the wall above the great man’s desk. “Surely”, he asked Bohr, “you don’t believe that horseshoe will bring you luck?”
“I believe no such thing my good friend. Not at all. I am scarcely likely to believe in such foolish nonsense. However, I am told that a horseshoe will bring you luck whether you believe in it or not!”
Related by John Humphrys in In God We Doubt, p 70

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