- Title Pages
- 1 Science without Philosophy?
- 2 Material World and Objective Reality
- 3 First Principles and Logic
- 4 Natural Phenomena and the Primacy of Experiment
- 5 Observation and Experimentation
- 6 The Role of Human Faith in Science
- 7 Approximate and Limited Description of Natural Phenomena
- 8 Hypothesis
- 9 Theory
- 10 Competing Theories
- 11 Can One Theory Be “Derived” from Another?
- 12 Verifying or Falsifying? And What?
- 13 Don’t Be a Masochist!
- 14 “Consensus” in Science? What Is That?
- 15 Flow Chart of the Scientific Method
- 16 The “What” and “Why” Questions
- 17 “Scientism”: Abusing the Scientific Method
- 18 Final Thoughts
- Further Readings
- About the Author
- (p.45) 8 Hypothesis
- The Scientific Method
Massimiliano Di Ventra
- Oxford University Press
This chapter defines hypothesis as a statement, or set of statements, regarding observed phenomena. It also explains that hypotheses are not objective facts.
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