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How would you assess a scientific method?

  1. Apr 9, 2013 #1
    How would you assess a scientific method?
    Foe example: How can you assess the scientific method with respect to the nature of light?
    Thank you!
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013
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  3. Apr 9, 2013 #2


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    Thus doesn't really belong in "Special & General Relativity", does it?
    In any case, what do you mean by "the nature of light"?
  4. Apr 9, 2013 #3


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    Find a theory about the nature of light, use that theory to make a prediction, perform an experiment to test the prediction, check the result of the experiment against the prediction, publish the results in a peer-reviewed journal.
  5. Apr 9, 2013 #4
    As far as I know there is only one scientific method. Are you referring to scientific theories?
  6. Apr 17, 2013 #5
    You must be able to explain the theory so others can understand it. You must be able to document an experiment that proves it. That experiment must be repeatable at any time by any competent person, and be such that it invalidates any alternative explanation.
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