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Books / trustworthy websites about the history of the scientific method

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Shukie
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Jun16-09, 09:31 PM
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I'm doing a paper on how the scientific method in it's current form came to be. I've found a lot of interesting websites already, but not many that I would feel comfortable using as a source. Could anyone point me in the direction of some good books or trustworthy websites that give a good overview of the history of the scientific method?
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Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Paul Feyerabend, Against Method and Science in a Free Society
Shukie
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Jun17-09, 08:46 AM
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Thanks!

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Jun17-09, 09:05 AM
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Books / trustworthy websites about the history of the scientific method

Just as a side note...

I have a textbook from the late 1800s, and it's a very interesting read. It starts off with a fairly compelling description of how light travels through luminiferous ether, and then gets right into vis viva (what we call energy) and force are conserved quantities.
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Quote Quote by EnumaElish View Post
Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Paul Feyerabend, Against Method and Science in a Free Society
Yeah, scientific methodologies did not exist prior to 1934.

I would suggest "A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Science", 4th ed., John Losee, Oxford University Press, 2001, or equivalent.


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