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The Theory Of Theories.

Otherwise known as the scientific method, or How Science Works. You were probably taught the basics of this in secondary school/high school/your local equivalent, but the number of physics undergraduates who came through my university not having the first clue about how science works is large enough that I suspect it’s not quite being hammered into people’s brains the way it should be. Which is a shame1, because not knowing anything about the scientific method is what allows so much anti-science to flourish in the press and media at large. I guarantee you homeopathy – for example — wouldn’t last a second in a world where people were the least bit curious about what was going on under the bonnet, and neither would the hundreds of news “stories” about how chocolate is actually good for us.

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Ask Hentzau: Peak Science.

Princess Josh asks:

Do we have any idea when we will run out of science?

I mean, the rate of scientific progress is generally considered to have increased exponentially over the course of the last six to eight millennia, to the point where we’re learning more about physics and the universe each decade than we did in the entire millennium from 0AD (that may be only approximately true, but you get the idea). Does human science progress have an answer to the question of what the limits of human scientific progress might be? Is there a risk of a dead end that humans, no matter how ingenious, will never be able to circumvent?

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