Origin of Scientific Method

  • Frederick Betz
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)


We have emphasized that scientific method is a methodological approach to the process of inquiry – in which empirically grounded theory of nature is constructed and verified. To understand this statement, it is useful to go back in time to see how the method evolved. The origin of modern scientific method occurred in Europe in the 1600s: involving (1) a chain of research events from Copernicus to Newton, which resulted (2) in the gravitational model of the solar system, and (3) the theory of Newtonian physics to express the model.


Solar System Scientific Method Scientific Theory Inductive Inference Elliptical Orbit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering and TechnologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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