on July 23, 2012
at 06:37 PM
To feed the troll I will state the obvious. Duh.
Science is not a collaborative process but a competitive one. When one group posts a theory, another goes about devising an experiment or recording observations to disprove it. To this day, scientists still conduct experiments with the purpose of disproving Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
Speaking of which, Einstein's overarching theory of 'how the Universe works' displaced Newton's theory (Einsteinian versus Newtonian Physics). Was Newton 'wrong'? NO!!! Newton described the world he could observe with the naked eye quite accurately. To this day his predictions are still used to great success in a variety of applications.
Einstein's theory (which predicts the behavior of Very Large Bodies quite well) has been abridged with quantum physics (predicts very small bodies quite well). The unified theory is an attempt to combine the two which is ongoing to this day (something to do with 11 dimensions, string theory, and mathematics well beyond my education and possibly comprehension level).
To say that scientific laws and theory are 'tentative'...well that is a bit of an overstatement. Tentative implies a lack of confidence in. Science is best described as 'this is what we know with the information at hand'.
This by no means implies that all science is created equal...especially concerning the softer sciences that work from studies of questionable value.