How do we know whether an idea, belief, or statement is scientific? In Good Science, Bad Science, a series I’m writing now, I explore the basics of the scientific method–a powerful tool for exploring and understanding the world, from atoms to galaxies.
The history of science is one of new ideas constantly replacing old ones, as investigators learn ever more about the workings of the world around them. People used to believe that Earth was the center of the universe, with the Sun and all the stars revolving around it. Now we know that Earth is just one of many planets and asteroids that revolve around the Sun, and that the Sun is just one of trillions upon trillions of stars. A key part of good science is being flexible. A scientific thinker is able to change his or her ideas when new evidence comes along.
The four books of Good Science, Bad Science will examine:
* old ideas about the shape of the earth, and how science changed them
* Earth’s place in the universe, and how scientists discovered it
* the relationship between the mysteries of alchemy and modern chemistry, and
* the differences between astrology and astronomy.
The series is still in the early stages. Writing the books is a fascinating journey. I can’t wait to see the finished product.