USS Clueless — Science and Engineering

At it’s most fundamental level we can define science as two different activities: the collection of facts about the universe, and the attempt to create explanations of how those facts relate to each other. The scientific enterprise has been going on as long as humans have existed, but science as we now use the term dates from about the fifteenth century, which is where it finally got onto the right track, and also when it finally started developing procedures which work.

Time to repeat this classic explanation of three important words: conjecture, hypothesis, theory.

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