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September 14, 1929

Scientific Method: Its Function in Research and in Education.

JAMA. 1929;93(11):870. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710110056034

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Here are five stimulating essays on the scientific method. Their subjects are "Interrelationship Between Method of Research and Field of Investigation," "The Rôle of Judgment in 'Objective Measurement,'" "In What Units Shall We Measure Intelligence and Achievement?" "The Bearing of Recent Scientific Development upon Problems on Education and Inheritance," and "Mental Traits of Men of Science." Any one interested in any aspect of science will find here much to intrigue his interest. The work is replete with quotable aphorisms:

Probably no subsidy, however great, could stimulate even Euclid, Galileo, or Mendel, to make second contributions of equal moment with their first.

What great discoverer can be mentioned who ever made two contributions equally great? Even Pasteur and Robert Koch had their difficulties in matching up later contributions to their great achievements.

Research that is worthy the name is the most difficult task that society has differentiated out from the total

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