Facts VS Theories

Facts and theories are different things, not rungs in a hierarchy of increasing certainty. Facts are the world's data. Theories are structures of ideas that explain and interpret facts. Facts do not go away while scientists debate rival theories for explaining them. Einstein's theory of gravitation replaced Newton's, but apples did not suspend themselves in mid-air pending the outcome.


Facts are data, theories are the best truths we have extrapolated from them.

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 Hen's teeth and horse's toes
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Gould , Stephen Jay (1994-02-01), Hen's teeth and horse's toes, W. W. Norton & Company, Retrieved on 2012-05-30
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  • Folksonomies: science