The Scientific Process
The curiosity of humans has lead us many places, like the Moon, and given us many things, like cars. But what method do we use to discover the crucial factors in modern engineering or exploration? The Scientific Method, a method that is believed to have originated from Greek, Arabia, and Spain, has existed since the dawn of scientific thinking. Aristotle, a historic Greek writer, is one of the first people credited with the idea of using critical thinking to conclude something about the world around us. Other people, such as John Locke, John Dewey, Isaac Newton , and Galileo, are also well known for establishing the scientific method (most commonly Galileo).
The reason the scientific method was invented is so that scientists can deduce answers about our environment. The method is simply as follows: first, establish a hypothesis; secondly, complete and repeat an experiment multiple times to ensure the results are stable; and thirdly, come to a conclusion based on these results. For instance, and early astrologist may have looked at the moon one night and wondered if it followed a certain pattern. He would have set up a hypothesis about the moon’s relationship to the earth and how it affects visibility. Then, he would have recorded the moon’s position in the sky and size every night for at least three months (complete and repeat). Based on the patterns he found, the astrologist would have come to the conclusion that the moon does in fact follow a monthly pattern. This information was gathered from the following sources: Scientific method history. (n.d.). Retrieved from
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