Can science prove things that aren't repeatable?
- 2 months ago
Science does not prove anything. The best it can do is ask a better question. Those who claim cold fusion or perpetual motion never give their process or equipment to be tested. That's where this business about 'repeatable" comes in.
- Steve4PhysicsLv 72 months ago
Science can only test hypotheses experimentally. It can't prove anything.
A few thing (to date) are believed to be repeatable. For example it appears that every electron in the universe has an identical rest-mass. So when you make electrons (e.g. in a particle-collder) you can repeatably make electrons of identical mass.
- CRRLv 72 months ago
In the strict sense science can't prove anything but in a practical sense it can prove something on balance of probability, or something else beyond reasonable doubt. I think that smoking tobacco causes cancer is proved for all reasonable people.
Science investigates many things that aren't repeatable, such as the origin of the universe. That doesn't stop it being science. However in these cases the evidence doesn't produce as high a level of proof as does something that can be repeated experimentally.
- jeffdanielkLv 42 months ago
No. One of the steps of the scientific method is to repeat an experiment or observation many times and ask other scientists to do it many times too. This is not possible for a one time event.
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- ZirpLv 72 months ago
No, by definition it cannot.
- PopeLv 72 months ago
You have posted your question under the mathematics heading. This discipline has an axiomatic system in which proof is certain, or it is not proof at all. The scientific methods of experimentation and empirical evidence could not possibly achieve proof as we use the word, regardless of repetition.
- BryceLv 72 months ago
You could smash a glass in a certain way and not be able to repeat the precise way it shattered, yet it was clearly demonstrated.
- !Lv 72 months ago
No. Ideally, scientific discovery is the result of experiments that are repeatable, to confirm that the results are not subjective, or from a flawed experiment. Obviously not everything can be boiled down to an experiment in a lab, but even things like astronomical observations need to be repeatable. If a hypothesis cant be in some way independently verified, it cannot be considered concrete scientific data
- PhilomelLv 72 months ago
Yes, science can prove that they aren't repeatable and that is about all that it can prove.
- 2 months ago
If others can't repeat the test even in an indirect way then you could only prove it to yourself.