This story is often mentioned, but without references. Was that a true story? Did Hegel indeed say this -- “the worse for the facts!” -- when somebody told him "your theory contradicts the facts!"? Or this was just a joke? Does anybody know a reference to the original source?
See the paper Hegel and the Seven Planets (1992), by Edward Craig & Michael Hoskin, in Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol.23, NO. 3/AUG, P.208, 1992.
You can search on the web : Hegel and the Seven Planets.
Georg Lukacs, the Hungarian ideolog of Marxism, attributed this to Fichte (quoted by Redner in his Malign Masters :48) but with no reference.