In this section, we’ve seen that the real process of science is not much like The Scientific Method often portrayed in textbooks. As opposed to the simple recipe of the linear scientific method, the real process of science is exciting, iterative, nonlinear, nuanced, depends upon the scientific community, and is intertwined with the society at large. The real process of science proceeds at multiple levels and sorts through many ideas, retaining and building upon those that work. However, despite all these complications, the core of that process is straightforward: Science must test ideas using evidence from the natural world. To learn more about that core, read on…
To dig even deeper into the process of science and find out where it’s going and where it’s been, check out the advanced side trip Modern science: What’s changing?
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