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Author Topic:   So I Wrote A Book On The Scientific Method
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Message 97 of 168 (733308)
07-15-2014 8:18 PM
Reply to: Message 83 by Tangle
07-15-2014 10:24 AM

Re: Please provide an authoritative source for F=ma...
I'm puzzled by this notion of a formal, authoritative definition of scientific theory. The only point to defining "theory" is to describe the practice of actual scientists; any brief definition is almost certain to be lacking in some respect. And while there are authorities on scientific practice -- those who study how science is done -- there are no authoritative definitions of "theory", since such definitions have no authority over the scientists doing the work.

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