Books / trustworthy websites about the history of the scientific method

  1. 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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  3. EnumaElish

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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
     
  4. Thanks!
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. Yeah, scientific methodologies did not exist prior to 1934. :tongue:

    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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