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comment Best word for “Dr. Einstein, <blank> of the theory of Special Relativity.”
@cHao yes, that all makes sense. So relativity was observed. The theory of relativity was created or invented. Similarly, evolution and natural selection were observed, and the theories describing them was created or invented. I still have a problem with that, though: evolution and natural selection are organizing principles in the human mind, but they're not a natural phenomena, so I'm not even sure you can say they were "observed".
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Well, it seems that Einstein would agree with me that his theory was invented, not discovered: amiquote.tumblr.com/post/2502848186/… I'd think that if relativity was invented, then so was evolution.
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Oh, also for your question "What would be the term for a less renowned scientist who has proposed a more controversial theory?" I'd say that "creator" is the best term.
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@Will Oh, sorry, I forgot you're the OP. Well, if you are willing to stand behind the claim that Darwin discovered Natural Selection, then surely the best choice for you would be to say that Einstein discovered Relativity: it seems to me to be the most accurate form under your approach. So then Einstein would be the "discoverer" of Relativity.
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@Will: What are you referring to by it when you say "it is not a fact"? I can't think of any scientific school of thought that will claim that natural selection was discovered rather than invented. (Scientists often state such principles were "discovered" as a form of expression, but would actually correct themselves to "invented" when you ask them about it.) So unless you actually spent a lot of time thinking on the topic, I suggest that you think and read about it some more and I suspect you'll change your mind: I don't know of anyone who hasn't. It is a subtle topic, after all.
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(2) Similarly, it's questionable whether Einstein discovered the rules of Relativity. He described certain rules, that seem to well-approximate, in certain regimes, the way the universe works. This does not mean that the universe works according to these rules, it only means that these rules are useful for us when we wish to predict what the universe will do. Also, it's not clear whether the fact that light travels at a fixed speed is descovered or invented: it all depends at how "atomic" the concept of light is to the way the universe actually works, not only to the way we describe it.
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@Will and Phil: IMHO neither of you understand the difference between scientific discovery and invention. Which is fine: it's pretty off-topic here. But let me explain, anyway: Evolution or natural selection cannot be discovered, because they are not phenomena, just like capitalism is not a phenomenon, or love is not a phenomenon. The fact that people notice these things and give them names does not mean they are natural phenomena. Evolution and Natural Selection are something else: perhaps "explanatory principle" is the right term. They are not something that exists in nature (1)
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