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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]

postulate

/pos·tu·late/ (pos´choo-lāt) anything assumed or taken for granted.

postulate

[pos′chəlāt]
Etymology: L, postulare, to demand
a hypothesis that is offered as true without proof or as a basis for argument or debate.

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]

postulate

anything assumed or taken for granted.

Koch's p's
see koch's postulates.
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He starts with the foundations of physics as postulated by Aristotle and then charts the field's evolution through the breakthroughs of Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, Einstein, and many of these scientists' contemporaries.
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The author provides his own thoughts on such matters, as well as answers postulated by others.
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In his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein postulated that light travels at one speed only, a concept that physicists almost universally have accepted.
1) Moore's Law, formulated by industry pioneer Gordon Moore, originally postulated that advances in technology were enabling chipmakers to double the number of components on a chip every 12 months.
Theorists have long postulated, however, that crystals with more mobile atoms or molecules could develop other, less readily formed facets, too.
Three different mechanisms have been postulated in the scientific literature for this elevation: a malfunctioning digestive process; infections of the digestive tract; or endogenous production by the body.
In equations that relate these postulated heavyweights to the known neutrinos, the mass of ordinary neutrinos becomes lower if the mass of their superheavy partners is made higher.
Theorists have postulated that a superworm could be capable of infecting all vulnerable hosts on the Internet in minutes.