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Nature Of Science


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Description into the nature of science. Emphasis is placed on the meaning of a Theory

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Nature Of Science

  1. 1. Nature of Science
  2. 2. What is Science? <ul><li>A particular discipline or branch of learning, especially one dealing with measurable or systematic principles rather than intuition or natural ability. </li></ul><ul><li>Science is a process. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What makes something science? <ul><li>Falsifiability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Science can be proven wrong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Einstein vs Newton </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Repeatable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you can’t do it again you never did it in the first place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cold fusion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Evidence based </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>String theory </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Applies Everywhere </li></ul>
  4. 4. So science can be wrong? <ul><li>Can something be proven true? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing can be proven correct, only incorrect. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In science once numerous experiments have supported a theory, we say it is correct. However, one experiment that proves it wrong kills the theory. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge vs Faith </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Definitions <ul><li>Hypothesis – An explanation of an event or principle, based on some research. Not an educated guess. </li></ul><ul><li>Law – A mathematical principle that has no predictive such as F=ma. </li></ul><ul><li>Theory – A highly supported explanation of a phenomenon, which also has the ability to predict. A theory is often supported by thousands of experiments. </li></ul>