The New York Times reports that the popular Discovery Channel program “Mythbusters” may very well be the best science show on television. Perhaps one reason for this is that it doesn’t claim to be a science program at all. Rather, the show is best known for explosions, general mayhem, and setting things on fire. However, through its goofy style, it does these things for science’s sake. The program investigates the validity of various myths drawn from folklore, movies, urban legends, and the internet. The two stars of the show, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage develop ways to challenge these hypotheses and build experiments with a small crew. While decidedly wacky, the show employs thinking and methodology grounded in the scientific method. Savage and Hyneman come up with a hypothesis and test it methodically, and after the experiment, the can deem a myth “busted,” “confirmed,” or even “plausible”–which means a myth hasn’t been ruled out, but it isn’t very likely. This is the type of logic that scientists understand, while others can have a difficult time grasping it. Fans of the show believe it is a great way to teach and demonstrate the process of scientific discovery…