Scientific Method

[New Entry by Hanne Andersen and Brian Hepburn on November 13, 2015.] Science is an enormously successful human enterprise. The study of scientific method is the attempt to discern the activities by
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[New Entry by Hanne Andersen and Brian Hepburn on November 13, 2015.] Science is an enormously successful human enterprise. The study of scientific method is the attempt to discern the activities by which that success is achieved. Among the activities often identified as characteristic of science are systematic observation and experimentation, inductive and deductive reasoning, and the formation and testing of hypotheses and theories. How these are carried out in detail can vary greatly, but characteristics like these have been looked to as a way of demarcating scientific activity from non-science, where only enterprises which employ some canonical form...

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