science: Role of Measurement and Experiment
All of the activities of the scientific method are characterized by a scientific attitude, which stresses rational impartiality. Measurement plays an important role, and when possible the scientist attempts to test his theories by carefully designed and controlled experiments that will yield quantitative rather than qualitative results. Theory and experiment work together in science, with experiments leading to new theories that in turn suggest further experiments. Although these methods and attitudes are generally shared by scientists, they do not provide a guaranteed means of scientific discovery; other factors, such as intuition, experience, good judgment, and sometimes luck, also contribute to new developments in science.
- The Scientific Method
- Role of Measurement and Experiment
- Branches of Specialization
- The Beginnings of Science
- Science in the Middle Ages
- The Scientific Revolution
- The Age of Classical Science
- Revolutions in Modern Science
- Promise and Problems of Modern Science
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