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# Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena.
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The '''Scientific Method''' is the process by which man seeks to understand reality, and is perhaps best viewed as a way of eliminating alternative explanations for natural phenomena.  It is the thing that unites all sciences, however varied they may seem.  As Albert Einstein said:
# Formulation of an hypothesis to explain the phenomena. In physics, the hypothesis often takes the form of a causal mechanism or a mathematical relation.
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# Use of the hypothesis to predict the existence of other phenomena, or to predict quantitatively the results of new observations.
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''"All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have."''
# Performance of experimental tests of the predictions by several independent experimenters and properly performed experiments.
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The Scientific Method, generally speaking, can be broken down into four steps:
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# Observation - Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena.
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# Hypothesis - Formulation of an hypothesis to explain the phenomena. In physics, the hypothesis often takes the form of a causal mechanism or a mathematical relation.
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# Testing - Performance of experimental tests of the predictions by several independent experimenters and properly performed experiments.
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Revision as of 00:39, 24 August 2006

The Scientific Method is the process by which man seeks to understand reality, and is perhaps best viewed as a way of eliminating alternative explanations for natural phenomena. It is the thing that unites all sciences, however varied they may seem. As Albert Einstein said:

"All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have."

The Scientific Method, generally speaking, can be broken down into four steps:

  1. Observation - Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena.
  2. Hypothesis - Formulation of an hypothesis to explain the phenomena. In physics, the hypothesis often takes the form of a causal mechanism or a mathematical relation.
  3. Testing - Performance of experimental tests of the predictions by several independent experimenters and properly performed experiments.
  4. Debate -
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