**“** Any physical theory is always provisional, in the sense that it is only a hypothesis: you can never prove it. No matter how many times the results of experiments agree with some theory, you can never be sure that the next time the result will not contradict the theory. On the other hand, you can disprove a theory by finding even a single observation that disagrees with the predictions of the theory. **”**

Stephen Hawking, *A Brief History of Time* (1988). copy citation

Author | Stephen Hawking |
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Source | A Brief History of Time |

Topic | contradiction theory proof experiment hypothesis |

Date | 1988 |

Language | English |

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