While science cannot "prove" its knowledge, its conclusions are still accepted and durable,

Scientific knowledge can only be "proven" within the accepted reference frame, however, some of the fundamental assumptions may change over time an thus the "proof" can also be transformed. To use but two examples: It had been considered for a long time that velocities can be added as vectors - Newtonian physics uses this assumption. However, with the emerge of the theory of relativity, it became evident that this assumption is only valid for velocities significantly below the speed of light. Likewise, calorique and phlogiston had been for certain periods assumed imponderable substances - heat is nowadays described as a form of energy.

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