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Tag: Scientific Method

Ted Ed: What’s the difference between a scientific law and theory?

Chat with a friend about an established scientific theory, and she might reply, “Well, that’s just a theory.” But a conversation about an established scientific law rarely ends with “Well, that’s just a law.” Why is that? What is the difference between a theory and a law… and is one “better”? Matt Anticole shows why …

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The Royal Institution: Why science is NOT ‘Just a Theory’

Have you ever heard ‘evolution’ dismissed as ‘just a theory’? Is a scientific theory no different to the theory that Elvis is still alive? Jim Al-Khalili puts the record straight. There’s an important difference between a scientific theory and the fanciful theories of an imaginative raconteur, and this quirk of semantics can lead to an …

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Janet Iwasa: How animations can help scientists test a hypothesis

3D animation can bring scientific hypotheses to life. Molecular biologist (and TED Fellow) Janet Iwasa introduces a new open-source animation software designed just for scientists. The above is a transcript by TED Talks.  

The History of Science: Snakes, Lizards, and Manuscripts

Published on Jan 14, 2014 Drawing on techniques from both laboratory and archival research, history professor Pamela Smith crosses the science/humanities divide and explores the surprising relationships between manuscripts and experiments; between today’s lab and yesterday’s workshop; and between early modern conceptions of nature and our own understanding of science, art, and scholarship. Columbia University …

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