I’m pretty sure gravity isn’t magic, but from his point of view I guess it may as well be… This is, of course, how there can be two stars orbiting each other, or rather, orbiting their respective center of gravity.
As Asimov said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Granted Gravity isn’t technology, but substituting science isn’t going to get you into trouble. (At least not in that sentence.)
Arthur C. Clarke, actually.
Myrddin also knew his audience.
No sense trying to shove a square peg into a star-shaped hole. ^_^
People like Myrddin and Weyland take more to the reverse of that statement: “Any sufficiently anylized magic is indistinguishable from science.” I first encountered the exact wording in the “Girl Genius” parody of Cinderella but wizards, witches, etc using formulaic spells (ie specific ingredients/rituals/etc to cast a specific spell) has been around pretty much forever and such magic practitioners doing research and experiments to invent new spells can be found in fantasy works all over the place. Heck, modern Chemistry sprung from alchemy, which began as people messing around with mundane materials in an attempt to achieve mystical effects (such as turning lead into gold) so, at least as abstract concepts, science and magic have been intertwined pretty much for the entire history of human civilization.
To more succinctly explain what others are striving for: Magic is just one way of explaining natural laws and how they work. Go back far enough, and Aristotle believed that objects were attracted to the Earth because it was the center of the universe. (Unless they were made of Air or Fire — light elements rose upward according to their nature.)
Aristotle was working on a pure philosophy basis instead of attempting to describe natural laws. They weren’t so big on sorting physical properties until the I think starting in the 1200s or so, give or take a hundred years. Aristotle is still fumbling towards the philosophic underpinnings that made investigating the physical world possible.
There’s a science fiction novel – Celestial Matters, by Richard Garfinkle – that plays with this. It’s hard SF… if Aristotle and Ptolemy were right about physics and astronomy.
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