The understanding that science is an evolving field of knowledge rather than a static set of facts can help generate student interest in science. Use the example of Galileo’s hypothesis to initiate a discussion on the scientific method. Scientists develop and test hypotheses to discover new theories or laws, or to modify existing theories. Thus, the set of established physical laws and theories changes over time as hypotheses are tested and revised. See if students can suggest examples of theories or laws that have evolved. Examples you may wish to discuss include the development of atomic theory and the relativity of space and time.