Unformatted text preview: se the scientific method." "Person concerned with developing economical and safe solutions to practical problems by applying mathematics and scientific knowledge while considering technical constraints." Scientist Engineer How do you define ... Scientist vs. Engineer A scientist explores nature in order to discover general principles and an engineer uses those principles in order to develop economical solutions to technical problems. To which group do you belong? Scientific method (the cartoon version)
1. 2. 3. 4. Make careful/new/wacky observations of the external universe. Formulate a falsifiable hypothesis (can also be wacky) to explain why #1 exists. Make testable predictions about external universe, based on #2. Test the predictions. Try and break the model. If it breaks, either fix it, or discard it, and try again. Oddities of the method The model itself is never really confirmed, although its predictions may be. Method is quite odd, and counterintuitive, in that it is not very close to the way in which...
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