Fact, Hypothesis, Theory, and Law In Science September 27, 2015 8:00pm by Barry Ritholtz It’s time we learn the difference between a fact, a theory, a hypothesis, and a scientific law. Hat tip Lifehacker Spread the wealth. twitter facebook linkedin What's been said: Discussions found on the web: RW commented on Sep 27 Useful presentation but evolution was not a good example of a theory (the author seemed to acknowledge this): its really a vast array of connected facts that is currently best explained by hypotheses and theories within the modern evolutionary synthesis framework. Too big a mouthful for a short video attempting to clarify terminology but there it is: Clarifying terms is useful as I said but everyday language and strict scientific meaning often don’t mix well and even scientists get mixed up; e.g., I’ve read more articles than I care to remember where a scientific law was discussed in terms that made it sound overarching or governing when what was really meant was that it reliably described a pattern. Read this next.June 14, 2011 Shiller on EMHMay 24, 2015 Emergence of Network ScienceSeptember 30, 2010 Art + Science = Sculptural Data Posted Under Mathematics Philosophy Science Video Previous Post GDPNow Forecast Next Post Who Works Part-Time?