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What's your favorite scientific theory which turned out to be completely wrong?

If I had to choose, I think mine would be the luminiferous aether.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminife

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@mbbrown Caloric theory, which superseded phlogiston theory, was apparently successful, and was then superseded itself.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caloric_

@okf I love phlogiston theory! Didn't know about Caloric theory.

@mbbrown I like the Steady State model en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steady_s

It seems so much more elegant than the big bang, it just happens to be incorrect

@petra if I remeber correctly, wasn't the term Big Bang actually coined by a proponent of Steady State as a pejorative?

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