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Verifying or Falsifying? And What?

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter explains the concept of “falsifiability” of a theory as understood by practicing scientists: an observation not in agreement with a theory simply sets a new boundary for that theory. It ... More


Hypothesis

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0008
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter defines hypothesis as a statement, or set of statements, regarding observed phenomena. It also explains that hypotheses are not objective facts.


Theory

Massimiliano Di Ventra

in The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198825623
eISBN:
9780191864605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0009
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics, Theoretical, Computational, and Statistical Physics

This chapter discusses the role of a theory: to describe (preferably mathematically) observations and to make new predictions that are testable. Theories, as the hypotheses they build upon, are not ... More


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