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Books / trustworthy websites about the history of the scientific method

  1. Jun 16, 2009 #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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    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. Jun 17, 2009 #3
  5. Jun 17, 2009 #4
    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. Jun 17, 2009 #5
    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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