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postulate

 [pos´tu-lat]
anything assumed or taken for granted.
postulate of causality the postulate that every phenomenon has a cause or causes; i.e., that events do not occur at random but in accordance with physical laws so that in principle causes can be found for each effect.
Koch's p's a statement of the kind of experimental evidence required to establish the causative relation of a given microorganism to a given disease. The conditions are: 1, the microorganism is present in every case of the disease; 2, it is to be cultivated in pure culture; 3, inoculation of such culture must produce the disease in susceptible animals; 4, it must be obtained from such animals, and again grown in a pure culture.

pos·tu·late

(pos'tyū-lāt),
A proposition that is taken as self evident or assumed without proof, as a basis for further analysis.
See also: hypothesis, theory.
[L. postulo, pp. -atus, to demand]

pos·tu·late

(pos'chū-lăt)
A proposition that is taken as self-evident or assumed without proof as a basis for further analysis.
See also: hypothesis, theory
[L. postulo, pp. -atus, to demand]
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It was therefore postulated that learning critical thinking using multimedia was better suited to graduate-level students or to small-groups of tutor-guided undergraduate students.
It turned out, however, that the mu-meson was not the particle Yukawa had postulated. It showed no tendency to interact, with nuclei, and Yukawa's particles would have had to.
When the Fathers of the Church came to Christianize the Ptolemaic system, they naturally postulated the existence of the primum mobile in the mind of God, and this concept of the primum mobile was of extreme importance to medieval theology.
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Considering the controversy that Thomas Gold engendered when he first postulated abiogenie origins of earthly hydrocarbons, it's odd you didn't mention his name, in "Deep Squeeze: Experiments point to methane in Earth's mantle" (SN: 9/25/04, p.
In the second article, I postulated specifically that "EMF-induced loss of iron from its intracellular storage protein, ferritin, might increase oxidative stress" (Stevens 1993).
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This was the text in which Copernicus postulated the revolutionary notion that Earth isn't the center of the universe--a theory that would eventually rank him among the most influential scientists of all time.
Georg Simon Ohm was one such character, He postulated that the power of electricity derives from the resistance of the wire down which it travels; however, he did not live to see the running of miles of electrical cables around the world.