scientific method

A method of discovering knowledge about the natural world based in making falsifiable predictions (hypotheses), testing them empirically, and developing peer-reviewed theories that best explain the known data.

Mr. Paynes paper aimed at the introduction of a scientific method founded upon rational principles which were altogether unknown to the mass


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  • Scientific method — Scientific Sci en*tif ic, a. [F. scientifique; L. scientia science + facere to make.] 1. Of or pertaining to science; used in science; as, scientific principles; scientific apparatus; scientific observations. [1913 Webster] 2. Agreeing with, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scientific method — n. a method of research in which a hypothesis is tested by means of a carefully documented control experiment that can be repeated by any other researcher …   English World dictionary

  • scientific method — n principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses …   Medical dictionary

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  • scientific method — noun a method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses • Hypernyms: ↑methodology • Hyponyms: ↑experimental method * * * noun the scientific method technical : the process that is used by scientists for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • SCIENTIFIC METHOD —    although there are many different methods used in various academic disciplines, the term scientific method refers to that process of systematic inquiry which proceeds in a logical manner and involves the testing of theories against the… …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • scientific method — method of performing scientific research …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scientific method — a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated from these data, and the hypothesis is empirically tested. [1850 55] * * * Mathematical and experimental techniques employed in the… …   Universalium

  • scientific method — sci′entif′ic meth′od n. bio a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated, and the hypothesis is empirically tested • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • scientific method — /saɪəntɪfɪk ˈmɛθəd/ (say suyuhntifik methuhd) noun a method of research in which the steps are identification of a problem, collection of relevant data, formulation of a hypothesis on the basis of this data, and, finally, empirical testing of the …   Australian English dictionary

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