The (idealized) scientific method
An assertion or conjecture that must still be tested.
A system of rules and principles of wide applicability
that have been tested.
A very well tested theory
Make predictions based
predictions with new
Beginnings of a new theory
Forming hypotheses is the creative
part of the process
Making predictions and testing them
is the key feature of
The only useful theory is one which
lets you make predictions, so you
never really get out of the testing