Science as a Way of Knowing
The scientific method is the experimental testing of a hypothesis formulated after the systematic, objective collection of data. The following websites will help you to understand the purpose and function of the scientific method as a means of scientific inquiry and in the conduct of science:
- SCIENTIFIC METHODS: An Online Book by Richard D. Jarrard
Scientific Methods is an online book about the techniques and processes of science and the experience of being a scientist. This book is written by a scientist for scientists.
- The Decline of Reason?
An essay by Jerre H. Lipps (Professor of Paleontology, University of California at Berkeley) providing insights for the scientific method as a tool for conducting temporary science. The essay look at the place of the scientific method in substantiating or refuting the claims postulated by religion and superstition, pseudoscience, and science. A good place to start an investigation of the science-antiscience debate, from the perspective of paleontology or paleobiology.
- Guidelines for Evaluating and Expressing the Uncertainty of NIST Measurement Results
Uncertainty is a part of science. "This is a brief summary of the method of evaluating and expressing uncertainty in measurement adopted widely by U.S. industry, companies in other countries, NIST [National Institute for Standards and Technology], its sister national metrology institutes throughout the world, and many organizations worldwide."
- Introduction to the Scientific Method
No description needed!! Title says it all.
- Method for Finding Scientific Truth
The scientific method is used to explain how science works. Several examples of scientific thinking and reasoning are presented in this detailed examination of scientific inquiry.
- The Myth of the Magical "Scientific Method"
Is there only one means of scientific inquiry? Are there "other" methods that work in science?
- Scientific Investigation
The scientific method as a means of conducting research in a biological setting. Includes sections on scientific writing (general procedures for a scientific paper).
- Scientific Method Slide Show
A 21-slide presentation on the basic structure of the Scientific Method.
- The Scientific Method - Elegant Experiments
This site introduces students to application of the scientific method, providing descriptions of how several major biological milestones ("Experiments that Inspire") were discovered, explained, or resolved.
- Steps in the Scientific Method
A schematic representation of the Scientific Method.
- Studying Cells Tutorial -- The Scientific Method
The Scientific Method applied to cell biology.