Monday, January 19, 2015

Difference between theory and proof

theory is an established and respected explanation of a natural phenomenon, acquired through confirmation of its principles through the scientific method - testing, confirmation, and observation and experimentation.  Evolution is a widely accepted and demonstrated theory, validated across many disciplines.

proof in science a successful demonstration of a hypothesis under study using evidence and analysis.  It is a misconception in many ways, since science actually can prove nothing.  In this sense, "proof" is a simplified way of saying "greatly enhanced confidence".

Quoted from Rick Thorne on Quora - link.

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