In science, the word "theory" means something different than what the public thinks it means. The public thinks a theory is a hypothesis. In science, it means it's an idea that has not yet been disproven. This is as close to calling it "true" as science will ever come. Science calls nothing "true" as a matter of principle- it must be assumed that anything can be disproven.
>In science, the term "theory" refers to "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment." Theories must also meet further requirements, such as the ability to make falsifiable predictions with consistent accuracy across a broad area of scientific inquiry, and production of strong evidence in favor of the theory from multiple independent sources.
>>7812417 >In science, the term "theory" refers to "a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.
This is not true in physics. i.e. Stuff like N=4 Super Yang-Mills Theory, Algebraic Quantum Field Theory, etc. Still use the term theory despite not being representative of the real world.
Don't worry, even people who are supposedly good/knowledgeable on the English language don't understand shit. http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/38973/difference-between-theorem-and-theory >Yes. There is a theorem in physics, and that's not mathematical. It's called the Adiabatic theorem – Thursagen Aug 24 '11 at 1:05 >English degrees general
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