Truths and Facts. Does Science prove anything?

There is a great deal of interest of us in examining claims of ‘truths’ and ‘facts’. In such examination there is a noticeable stress on scientifically proven facts which can be taken as fundamentally true. This is possibly because mathematics is the language of Science and we make mistake thinking mathematical proofs to be reflecting the essence of scientifically proven facts.

Does science necessarily prove anything? The way mathematics proves a proposition?

It is surprising that such a basic debate cannot be laid to rest and a conclusion arrived at even after 1934 book by Karl Popper: The Logic of Scientific Discovery.

Alan Moghissi, Matthew Amin and Connor McNulty of Institute for Regulatory Science, Alexandria, Va wrote to the editor of Science (the magazine) disagreeing with Peter Gleick and 250 members of the (US) National Academy of Sciences writing to the editor of Science : All citizens should understand some basic scientific facts. There is always some uncertainty associated with scientific conclusions; science never absolutely proves anything.

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"Science never proves anything." We don't know that the earth is round? We don't know that we revolve around the sun? We don't know that radiation can kill cancer? We don't know that heat transfers from areas of hot to cold? I could go on forever; I find this issue to be over thought. We know as humans that science is considered truth because it is based on facts, and therefore should be taken as such. The evidence of science's reality can be confirmed easily if we look back one thousand years, when it barely thrived. Since then, we can see that civilization has thrived. Why? Science. Would we have landed on the moon if not for science? No. Therefore, science is real, and factual.

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