DISCUSSION: The main point of the passage is that science often seems more obvious than it is. You can see this in the first sentence. The first sentence often introduces the main point of a passage.
The start of the second sentence ‘A case in point….’ shows that nuclear fission is just an extended example supporting this claim.
- The author hasn’t criticized anyone.
- CORRECT. The first sentence is the main point: science often looks simpler in hindsight. The example of nuclear fission is used to illustrate this sentence.
- The author never says whether theory or experimentation is more important. The only general claim is made in the first sentence.
- The author didn’t say that there is a better way to do science.
- The author never mentioned intellectual arrogance. The scientists were faced with a situation they didn’t understand and did the best they could to sort it out. They had preconceived ideas, but they were hardly stubborn.
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