The Scientific Method: A Brief History and Description

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Introduction In basic terms, no single person can be credited for having developed the scientific method singlehandedly. In that regard, it can be noted that the scientific method has been refined and fine tuned over time by some of the greatest thinkers in history. In this text, I come up with a brief description of the method as well as its history. Further, I highlight the contributions made by a number of philosophers in the development of the scientific method. The Scientific Method: A Brief History and Description The scientific method according to Coon and Mitterer (2008) can be defined as "a form of critical thinking based on careful collection of evidence, accurate description and measurement, precise definition, controlled observation, and repeatable results." The authors further note that this method ideally comprises of a number of steps or elements. In this case, the first step has got to do with making an observation closely followed by coming up with a concise definition of the problem. The next step according to Coon and Mitterer (2008) involves the suggestion of a hypothesis. This is followed by evidence gathering and presentation of findings or results. The authors give the last step in this case as theory building. It is however important to note that the steps associated with the scientific method do vary. In regard to the history of the scientific method, those considered to have played a critical role in the early development of the same
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