scientific method

noun

Definition of scientific method

: 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

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This is the closest that journalism has come to a scientific method: the transparency allows the process to be replicated, the underlying data to be examined, and the conclusions to be tested by others. Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The New York Review of Books, "Bellingcat and How Open Source Reinvented Investigative Journalism," 10 June 2019 Barrett-Connor was a believer in the scientific method. Karen Weintraub, BostonGlobe.com, "Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, scrutinizer of aging, dead at 84," 19 June 2019 They were inspired by (Savage’s) work on that show to be investigative and innovative and apply the scientific method. John Wenzel, The Know, "School of Mines built a real-life Iron Man suit for new Discovery Channel series," 9 June 2019 Radiocarbon dating used to require samples in the region of tens of grams, but advances in scientific methods mean the amount of test material required is being dramatically reduced. The Economist, "Researchers find a way to use minute samples to detect forged paintings," 8 June 2019 Molecular cuisine uses scientific methods to craft small, savory dishes. The Seattle Times, "Hungry? Tokyo’s food meets visitor appetites for history and modernity," 7 Sep. 2018 But the scientific method overcomes this failing, as new theories and ideas are constantly tested against data. Angela V. Olinto, WSJ, "NASA’s New Probe Sails Into the Solar Wind," 9 Aug. 2018 SAT Author David George Gordon evaluates the data gathered about the legendary Sasquatch, rules of critical thinking and the scientific method, 2 p.m. Saturday, White River Valley Museum, 918 H St. S.E., Auburn; $5 (253-288-7433 or wrvmuseum.org/). Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Winter Solstice Night Market, Jingle Bell Run," 5 Dec. 2018 People might even someday blame parents who choose traditional reproduction over the safer scientific methods for carelessly subjecting their children to greater risk. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the March 2018 Issue," 13 Mar. 2018

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1672, in the meaning defined above

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scientific method

noun

Medical Definition of scientific method

: 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

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