Tagged: theory

Physics is a science. Or maybe not. - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 14, 2017

A couple of hours ago I gave a talk to the ‘education group’ in the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Broadly speaking, the audience was a group of physicists and engineers who are interested in education. I recycled a talk that I’d given a couple of years ago on the role of mathematics … Read More

Micro to Macro - Micro to Macro

Ryan Ridden Jan 13, 2016

In our universe the incredibly tiny and the absolutely enormous are intertwined. In our everyday life there appears to be a clear distinction between the microscopic and macroscopic worlds, however, in many ways this is an illusion. We can begin to see how the two worlds connect by looking at the fundamental rules of the universe, as uncovered by physics … Read More

Science, religion and respect for meaning - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 22, 2011

Religious apologists seem to be obsessed with the relationship between religion and science. Not so much for scientists who generally just want to get on with their job of understanding reality and helping humanity make use of the resulting knowledge. … Continue reading → … Read More

When is a Theory Really a Theory? - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Jun 15, 2011

A common complaint amongst scientists, particularly those who deal with creationists, is that the general public and media often misuse the word “theory”. In science a theory arises when a hypothesis (or series of hypotheses) has been repeatedly tested and found to be a true description of the physical world. One example is the Kinetic Theory of Matter which specifies … Read More

Why visualise data? - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Sep 03, 2010

Why visualise data? In the introduction to his classic text, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte answers this question in three words. “Graphics reveal data”. To illustrate his point Tufte asks the reader to examine four datasets of eleven (x, y) datapoints, collectively known as Anscombe’s quartet. I’ve reproduced them in the … Read More