posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 11:25 AM
Originally posted by Oolon
The second question is: are there any other easy to understand books on the scientific method?
It's pretty simple, actually.
* you see something happening (anything at all)
* you take measurements to get an exact description (someone got well? what was their diagnosis, who confirmed it, what was the prognosis, has anyone
else had this and gotten well, how long did it take, how many people are handicapped or killed by this? Some new form of energy? how much output
does it have, what are the inputs, who else has built this, what happens when a bunch of professors at different universities build it, how long does
it last, what effects does it have (magnetic, spectrum) and so forth)
* you look at what you collected and make an idea about why this is happening.
* you read up on the phenomena to see who else observed it and what they thought about it (so you don't duplicate their methods unless you've found
something they say that's squirrelly.)
* you form a hypothesis (a mathematical model or a process model) that says "if you do this (exactly) you will get this exact result." You
calculate the odds of the result occurring (we look for a 95% rate in the results.)
* you check the hypothesis. You also have a test of "if this isn't right then in a series of 50 tests we will see it fail more than 5 times"
* if the hypothesis fails, go back to the data and see what else might be going on. Talk to others in the field about the results.
* if the hypothesis appears to be right, publish and give talks about it. Take feedback from everyone to refine your theory.
Rinse, lather, repeat.