Scientists don’t have to be right on everything to make a lasting contribution. Good observations tend to endure longer than interpretations.
From Winter, J.D., An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, p. 424. This is from Chapter 21: “An Introduction to Metamorphism,” and referred to the 19th-20th century geologist George Barrow, who first described metamorphic zones in the Scottish Highlands. Barrow attributed the zonation entirely to the thermal effects of nearby granitic intrusions (contact metamorphism) without recognizing the regional nature of metamorphism due to mountain building. His zones live on, even if his interpretation was a bit off.
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