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Guide to Scientific Research

Science Icon from NuvolaScientific research uses what's called the scientific method to study all aspects of the natural world in five broad fields - physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and astronomy. The scientific method has three basic steps that repeat infinitely: observation, hypothesis, testing. First you observe something about the natural world and ask a question. Then you predict some possible answers, where each answer is called a hypothesis. Then you test the hypotheses - you run experiments to see whether they're right or wrong. You observe the results of the experiments, which allows you to accept, reject, or refine the hypotheses. Often you come up with brand new observations and more questions than answers from the experiments. Then you do more testing. You keep going until you know everything there is to know about everything (in the physical world).

Modern style scientific research methods have been ongoing for centuries, and so far we still don't know everything about everything, so we're still going.

Aside from doing science itself, scientific research also includes writing grant proposals to obtain funds to do the experiments, presenting the results at conferences to other scientists, writing papers in peer-reviewed journals, and educating students and non-scientists about the natural world.

In the articles below, learn about the importance of scientific research in a variety of settings, famous scientists, how science has advanced our understanding of various aspects of the natural world, and how and where you can learn to use scientific research methods yourself by studying at various colleges and universities.

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