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

Examples of scientific method in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The heart of the scientific method is the process of formulating a hypothesis and collecting data to test it. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Strange and Twisted Tale of Hydroxychloroquine," 11 Nov. 2020 Sixth grade students in Ms. Alysia Hamilton-Beeler’s classroom at Greenview Middle School in South Euclid have begun applying their knowledge of the scientific method with hands-on experiments during remote learning at-home. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Problem solving is afoot in our Hillcrest area: Sun Messages," 9 Nov. 2020 Imagine the rightful condemnation of any white supremacist who claimed that hard work, the scientific method, and self-reliance as inherently white attributes. Bobby Jindal, National Review, "Looking for Racism," 31 Oct. 2020 Editors’ ultimate allegiance should be to a process — the scientific method — not to a person or a party. Genevieve P. Kanter, STAT, "Science journal editors shouldn’t contribute to politicizing science," 23 Oct. 2020 In a lecture at Cornell University in 1964, the physicist Richard Feynman defined the scientific method. Matt Ridley, WSJ, "What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Science," 9 Oct. 2020 The scientific method, legal system, and judicial process are all inventions humans created to get around our tendency to jump to conclusions (even if those same systems are sometimes subject to it). Christopher Seneca, Wired, "How to Break Out of Your Social Media Echo Chamber," 17 Sep. 2020 The scientific method emphasizes the sharing of data and research so that they can be duplicated, tested and challenged. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Protests, Minneapolis public safety, unemployment support,," 12 Sep. 2020 Adherents of the scientific method are trained to isolate and change one variable at a time. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is an Intuition Nightmare," 9 Sep. 2020

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1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Scientific method.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scientific%20method. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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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