theory : Common Errors in English

About theory

In ordinary speech, a theory is just a speculation. The police inspector in a Miss Marple mystery always has a theory about who committed the murder which turns out to be wrong.But in science the word “theory” plays a very different role. What most of us call “theories” are termed “hypotheses” until enough evidence has been accumulated to validate them and allow them to assume the status of theories: scientifically acceptable explanations of phenomena. Examples: the theory of gravity, the wave theory of light, chaos theory.Foes of evolutionary science often insist that the theory of evolution is invalid because it is “only a theory.” This merely demonstrates their lack of knowledge of scientific usage and hence will not impress any scientifically literate person.

theory Meaning(s)

  • (n) a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world; an organized system of accepted knowledge that applies in a variety of circumstances to explain a specific set of phenomena
  • (n) a tentative insight into the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena
  • (n) a belief that can guide behavior

theory in News

  1. The Big Bang Theory Leads Critics' Choice TV Awards Winners

    The Big Bang Theory Leads Critics' Choice TV Awards Winners Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 9:15 am, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 The Big Bang Theory topped the third annual Critics' Choice Television Awards Monday. In addition to the show's Best Comedy ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: seattlepi.com

  2. The Big Bang Theory Wins Big At Critics Choice TV Awards

    The Big Bang Theory has proven to be very popular among TV watchers. It must be unsurprising then to see the TV critics agree. Reuters reports that The Big Bang Theory walked away with the best comedy award at the …
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WebProNews

  3. Big Bang Theory Wasn’t The Only Show At The Critic’s Choice TV Awards [Full Winners List]

    The Big Bang Theory won awards for best comedy series, best supporting actor (Simon Helberg), and best supporting actress (Kaley Cuoco) during Monday nights Critic’s Choice TV Awards. While that top rated CBS comedy series was an obvious selection in the comedy category, it wasn’t the only big winner. As fans tuned in for the Game [...] Big Bang Theory Wasn’t The Only Show At The Critic’s Choice ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Inquisitr

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