Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Truthiest Science

I love the Colbert Report like all non-America hating Americans should. So as I was watching the other day, and examining it for ways to make my self better for America, and saw Stephen interviewing a Theoretical Physicist. She was talking with Stephen about how they make perdictions based on math and not the obesrevable world. I turned to Wikipedia my source for all knowledge and looked up Theorectical Physics to make sure what she was saying is true because her statement sounded pretty truthy to me. So here is a summary of Thruthiness and Theorectical Physics you be the judge.

Truthiness is a term coined by Stephen Colbert in reference to the quality by which a person claims to know something intuitively, instinctively, or "from the gut" without regard to evidence, logic, intellectual examination, or actual facts.

Theoretical physics employs mathematical models and abstractions, as opposed to experimental processes, in an attempt to understand Nature. Central to it is mathematical physics 1, though other conceptual techniques are also used. The goal is to rationalize, explain and predict physical phenomena. The advancement of science depends in general on the interplay between experimental studies and theory. In some cases, theoretical physics adheres to standards of mathematical rigor while giving little weight to experiments and observations. For example, while developing special relativity, Einstein was concerned with the Lorentz transformation which left Maxwell's equations invariant, but was apparently uninterested in the Michelson-Morley experiment on Earth's drift through a luminiferous ether. On the other hand, Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize for explaining the photoelectric effect, previously an experimental result lacking a theoretical formulation.

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