The differing perspectives of Tour and Rimmer result from the differences in their starting assumptions.
The institution in which most scholars investigated natural motion is also noteworthy — the university. This invention began with the University of Bologna.
To borrow geologist Charles Lyell’s words, intelligent agency is a cause “now in operation” that can be studied in the world around us.
It is an interesting finding, but as Wells explains, it is far from the first problem discovered with the experiment, nor the most serious one.
In the time of the early Earth, Airgas, the supplier from which the researchers obtained their materials, was not around.