01_Science - Astronomy Scientific Theories Must be...

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Scientific Theories Must be Explanatory Predictive (testable) Scientific method – Make a hypothesis, test it, revise hypothesis, repeat. Results should be reproducible. Always open to modification!
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Experiment versus Observation Experiment Controlled environment Common in physics, chemistry, biology Observation Uncontrolled and limited Common in astronomy, sociology, etc.
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How Science Operates Today Peer review! Scientists write up their hypotheses or experimental results and submit them to peer- reviewed journals.
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The Sciences Sociology, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics? Astrology, Scientology, UFOlogy? Astronomy? Mathematics?
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What does science have to say about the “dragon in the garage?”
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Space and time are enormous beyond reckoning! What we will be doing a lot of is stepping out of human scale Astronomers talk about large numbers in powers of ten…. . This is just a shorthand for writing large numbers
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This note was uploaded on 08/06/2011 for the course AST 2002 taught by Professor Britt during the Spring '08 term at University of Central Florida.

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