Tell me the (relative) truth

Ever wondered why in news­pa­per articles about science break­throughs, and partic­u­larly in medical stor­ies, scient­ists seem to be so… well.… cagey about their results? All those ‘may’s and ‘if’s! Can’t they even tell us what’s true and what’s not?

We’re used to the idea that most of the time, truth is black and white. But when scient­ists talk about their exper­i­ments, they’re using a scale of truth that uses many colours. Find out how that compares to what we usually think of as truth:

The truth thermometer: what truth looks like to scientists

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Corinne Pritchard

Information Designer at Simply Understand
I believe design and design­ers can and should make the world a better place. I love design­ing things that help people under­stand complex ideas.

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