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 road to this retraction shows both what is good and what is bad about the way the modern scientific method works. The Economist, "A tale of mistake and retraction shows that science works—eventually," 2 Nov. 2019 Several scientists suggest that current scientific methods need updating in a number of fields, including mathematics. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Computers Suck at Creating Chaos," 30 Sep. 2019 In addition, the NTSB wants the FAA to find more scientific methods to assess how pilots will perform in crises and to explore how to make aircraft warning systems more intuitive. Alan Levinbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Boeing’s 737 Max flight tests underestimated risks, U.S. investigators say," 26 Sep. 2019 Thomke recommends that companies put the scientific method to work, that, of course, is the empirical approach to conducting experiments developed back in 1620 by philosopher and scientist Sir Francis Bacon. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "How Giving Thinkers and Tinkerers Room to Experiment Builds a Better Company," 17 Nov. 2019 His professional failure leads to a larger examination of his sonic worldview and the efficacy of his scientific methods. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Fact or Fiction? How ‘House Tuners’ Fix the Emotional Resonance of Homes," 22 Sep. 2019 During the twentieth century, a determined effort was made to reconstruct economics on the basis of rationality and scientific methods, with all value judgments excised. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The New Economics: Data, Inequality, and Politics," 22 Oct. 2019 Reece, a former Methodist minister who has taught classes in religion and philosophy at several Alabama colleges, once taught a class at the University of Montevallo applying scientific methods of analyzing religion to the cult of Elvis Presley. al, "The cult of Elvis lives on: Presley died 42 years ago," 16 Aug. 2019 Within that group, for example, 86% answered that the scientific method produces reliable information. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New poll finds the US generally trusts scientists, with some exceptions," 4 Aug. 2019

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1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Scientific method.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scientific%20method. Accessed 21 January 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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