Scientific wager

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A scientific wager is one whose outcome must be settled by the scientific method. There are usually few restrictions placed in the terms of the wager, but wagers are generally perforce won by disproving the statement or proposition under discussion.

Wagers act as powerful stimulants in the scientific community, and two scientists most renowned for making their work accessible to the general public, or being the public face of difficult sciences, such as quantum physics, Stephen Hawking and Richard Feynman, are famous for placing and accepting wagers. Isaac Newton's Principia started life as a proof to win a wager with posed by Christopher Wren.