We all seek order to deal with life’s uncertainties. We look for patterns to help us cope. Scientists do the same thing. They constantly examine nature, guided by one overarching principle: The universe is regular and predictable.
Galileo is best known for his trial on charges of suspicion of heresy for teaching the doctrine that the Earth moves around the sun (instead of vice versa), but in our view his most revolutionary contribution to science was his demonstration that carefully run experiments can yield profound insights into the nature of the universe. He is, in fact, often called the “father of experimental science.”
Note: Like Edison and his lab
he was the first to show that scientific theories can develop by incorporation rather than revolution.
Note: Incorporation rather than revolution
the classic scientific approach is to examine well-defined pieces of our surroundings, one at a time.
Note: Like programming -- break things down into their constituent parts