Scientifically Speaking: Hypothesis & Theory

Common understanding For many of us, theory and hypothesis mean the same thing: a “guess” at how or why something is the way it is. Once it is confirmed, it stops becoming a “theory / hypothesis”, and becomes “fact”. For example, in a murder mystery, the theory / hypothesis would be “the butler did it” because he was in debt and the murder victim’s antique coins are missing. When investigators find the butler’s fingerprints on the handle of the gun, the stolen coins in the butler’s home, and a witness comes forward with pictures of the butler burying the murder victim, it becomes “fact”. Scientific meaning For scientists, a hypothesis… Read More

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