I'm just trying to speak properly and the definitions of fact, hypothesis, theory and law are quite mixed in my head.
The following are not perfect definitions but some ideas.
- Facts: observations (it is much more complex as it depends on what we considered true previously, on perception, and so on. I'm not sure if it depends on culture.)
- Hypothesis: explanation of a fact. It can be generally disproven or proven for some particular cases using the scientific method.
- Theory: deep hypothesis, can be proven or disproven in same way than a hypothesis.
- Law: general description of observations.
Does a law become a theory if the hypothesis are confirmed by experience?
If it is so, there are many theories that should be laws (as quantum theory) but they dont, so I'm quite puzzled.
Any improvement/completion on the previous ideas, links or essays to read are welcome.