The Method of Science

   Science is looking for and using knowledge to understand the natural and social world using systematic methods based on evidence.

   The scientific methodology includes the following:

1) Objective observation by measurement and data collection (possibly, although not necessarily, using mathematics as a tool).

2) Evidence.

3) Experiment and observation as benchmarks for testing hypotheses.

4) Induction. Reasoning to establish general rules or conclusions drawn from facts or examples.

5) Repetition.

6) Critical analysis.

7) Verification and testing. Acute exposure to scrutiny, peer review, and assessment by other scientists.