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Early in this century, Alfred Wegener developed the concept of contine

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Early in this century, Alfred Wegener developed the concept of continental drift. His ideas were rejected vehemently because he postulated no identifiable force strong enough to make the continents move. We have come to accept Wegener’s theory, not because we have pinpointed such a force, but because new instruments have finally allowed continental movement to be confirmed by observation.
The passage best illustrates which one of the following statements about science?
(A) The aim of science is to define the manifold of nature within the terms of a single harmonious theory.
(B) In a accepting a mathematical description of nature, science has become far more accurate at identifying underlying forces.
(C) The paradox of science is that every improvement in its measuring instruments seems to make adequate theories harder to work out.
(D) Science, employing statistics and the laws of probability, is concerned not with the single event but with mass behavior.
(E) When the events a theory postulates are detected, the theory is accepted even without an explanation of how those events are brought about.
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(A) The aim of science is to define the manifold of nature within the terms of a single harmonious theory.
(B) In a accepting a mathematical description of nature, science has become far more accurate at identifying underlying forces.
(C) The paradox of science is that every improvement in its measuring instruments seems to make adequate theories harder to work out.
(D) Science, employing statistics and the laws of probability, is concerned not with the single event but with mass behavior.
(E) When the events a theory postulates are detected, the theory is accepted even without an explanation of how those events are brought about.

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This is a good question.

But I didn't understand why E is the correct answer. Can anyone explain ??

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Stem Summary - Alfred Wegener provided a theory about continental drift but he couldn't explain the driving forces.
New instruments have confirmed continental drift based on observation data and we have accepted the theory based on these observations.

Options -
(A) The aim of science is to define the manifold of nature within the terms of a single harmonious theory.
No mention of single harmonious theory - Out of scope
(B) In a accepting a mathematical description of nature, science has become far more accurate at identifying underlying forces.
Generalized statement - Based on one finding can't say science has become more accurate.
(C) The paradox of science is that every improvement in its measuring instruments seems to make adequate theories harder to work out.
Though improvement in measuring instruments may provide additional findings as per stem but no mention that these improvements hinder adequate theories.
(D) Science, employing statistics and the laws of probability, is concerned not with the single event but with mass behavior.
No mention of statistics and the laws of probability in stems. Just mention of measuring instruments.
(E) When the events a theory postulates are detected, the theory is accepted even without an explanation of how those events are brought about.
Correct Answer - most relevant to the stem. Alfred Wegeners' theory is accepted even though the continental drift forces are yet to be defined. All we have found is- some observations supporting his theory.
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lostin wrote:
Stem Summary - Alfred Wegener provided a theory about continental drift but he couldn't explain the driving forces.
New instruments have confirmed continental drift based on observation data and we have accepted the theory based on these observations.

Options -
(A) The aim of science is to define the manifold of nature within the terms of a single harmonious theory.
No mention of single harmonious theory - Out of scope
(B) In a accepting a mathematical description of nature, science has become far more accurate at identifying underlying forces.
Generalized statement - Based on one finding can't say science has become more accurate.
(C) The paradox of science is that every improvement in its measuring instruments seems to make adequate theories harder to work out.
Though improvement in measuring instruments may provide additional findings as per stem but no mention that these improvements hinder adequate theories.
(D) Science, employing statistics and the laws of probability, is concerned not with the single event but with mass behavior.
No mention of statistics and the laws of probability in stems. Just mention of measuring instruments.
(E) When the events a theory postulates are detected, the theory is accepted even without an explanation of how those events are brought about.
Correct Answer - most relevant to the stem. Alfred Wegeners' theory is accepted even though the continental drift forces are yet to be defined. All we have found is- some observations supporting his theory.


Thanks Lostin,

Your explanation seems reasonable. I was under the assumption that choice B was close. But E is a better choice.

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