TOK Journal Post #7

by Michael on September 26, 2018

RLS: After 35 years, scientists prove that any scramble of the 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube can be solved in no more than 20 moves.

1st Order Claim: Enough evidence has been collected in order to prove that the Rubik’s cube can always be solved in no more than 20 moves.

2nd Order Claim: With enough time, scientific and mathematical theories can be proven true.

KQ: What constitutes as enough evidence in order to accept a mathematical or scientific theory?

If we don’t know how much evidence is needed in order to prove something true, how would we know whether the theory or idea being proven is really true, as there could be other data that proves otherwise which have not been found yet. Another example of this is Newton’s second law, F=ma. As it is a law, it has been proven true based on repeated experimental observations, meaning that enough evidence has been gained to accept this as a law.

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