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Episode 40: Snowlines and No Rhymes
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:01:26 PM »
Another great episode. I just wanted to chime in on the theory/law discussion at the end. Mathematicians also use the term "theory" (set theory, graph theory, field theory, etc), and they are definitely not implying any uncertainty in those areas. A theory is a body of knowledge, whereas a law is usually a fairly short statement. You might talk about the "law of commutativity," for example (though it seems to be more common to say "commutative property" nowadays, since it doesn't apply to all situations).