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Chapter 3 The Science of Astronomy
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Galileo’s observations of phases of Venus proved that it orbits the Sun and not Earth.
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Galileo Galilei   The Catholic Church ordered Galileo to recant his claim that Earth orbits the Sun in 1633 His book on the subject was removed from the Church’s index of banned books in 1824 Galileo was formally vindicated by the Church in 1992
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3.4 The Nature of Science How can we distinguish science from nonscience? What is a scientific theory? Our goals for learning:
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How can we distinguish science from non-science? Defining science can be surprisingly difficult. Science from the Latin scientia , meaning “knowledge.” But not all knowledge comes from science…
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The idealized scientific method Based on proposing and testing hypotheses hypothesis = educated guess
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way… For example: Sometimes we start by “just looking” then coming up with possible explanations. Sometimes we follow our intuition rather
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course ISP 105 taught by Professor Beers during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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