drachefly wrote:It is the beginnings of science. We haven't seen any hints that he's done anything quantitative with those tools. Maybe given a lot longer he could get there. He hasn't got that much time, for now.
Quantifying helps you do science but its not needed. The cycle of science is sort of "observe->make prediction (a.k.a. hypothesis)->test prediction->analyze results loop". One of the most important steps is the prediction and testing and doing it in that order. No making the hypothesis on the basis of the test. A lot of the stuff in the playground seems to be looking at stuff and thinking really hard. Not really science. Although from what we have heard of the rest of the MK its still better than them. Isaac seems to have some of the basics of science down, with his theory and the prove/disprove.
You don't need quantitative tools, but those are another big help. You can do qualitative analysis.