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scientific method

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The principles and empirical processes of discovery and demonstration considered characteristic of or necessary for scientific investigation, generally involving the observation of phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis concerning the phenomena, experimentation to test the hypothesis, and development of a conclusion that confirms, rejects, or modifies the hypothesis.

scientific method

the way of approaching a problem by drawing up a hypothesis based on a series of observations, and then testing the hypothesis by means of experiments designed in such a way as to support or invalidate the hypothesis. On the basis of the experimental evidence a theory is proposed to account for the initial observations. If subsequently the theory is found to be wanting in some respect, new hypotheses are sought and tested experimentally, so the process is a successive refinement which in science never leads to an absolute truth, but to a more reliable knowledge.
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We may assert categorically that past communities of Muslims and non-Muslims constructed environments in which scientific investigation flourished.
Those identified areas of deficiency cover most of the conceptualization, research design and methodological criteria essential for valid, creditable scientific investigation. Without careful attention to the tradition and basic principles of the scientific method, these efforts will not contribute to the acquisition of new and useful knowledge which is so badly needed in a young and rapidly developing field.
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Addressing a ceremony here at CPO office, the IGP Salahuddin Khan appreciated the scientific investigation and professional acumen of the Swat police in cases of robberies.
Here she limits herself to their correspondence with each other explaining their public stances on certain matters: the road to the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), the demarcation problem, the dissolution, and return to cordiality.
It yzes Newton's approach to scientific investigation, considers how Newton established a unique framework for inquiry on classical mechanics and astronomy, and discusses scientific findings in Newton's time as a whole.
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A STATE-OF-THE-ART scientific investigation unit which can identify criminals' fingerprints and DNA within an hour has officially opened in South Wales.
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A writer for National Geographic with a string of nature books to his credit, Quammen (Western American studies, Montana State U.) adds a new section to his 1985 collection of essays on critters, folks, and acts relating to the natural world and the scientific investigation of it.
The JFK myths; a scientific investigation of the Kennedy assassination.

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