“A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it.”

Attributed to Albert Einstein

“A theory has only the alternative of being right or wrong. A model has a third possibility: it may be right, but irrelevant.”

Manfred Eigen

At what underlying fundamental level of understanding does geosciences research need to attain in order to evaluate the complex processes that control the weathering rate of silicate minerals? To investigate the formation of ore deposits and oil reservoirs, or the leaching of mine tailings into watersheds and...

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