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The term "scientific method" did not come into wide use until the 19th century, when other modern scientific
terminologies began to emerge such as "scientist" and "pseudoscience" and significant transformation of science
was taking place.[19] Throughout the 1830s and 1850s, by which time Baconianism was popular, naturalists like
William Whewell, John Herschel, John Stuart Mill engaged in debates over "induction" and "facts" and were
focused on how to generate knowledge.[19] In the late 19th a debate over realism vs. antirealism was conducted as
powerful scientific theories extended beyond the realm of the observable.[20]

The term "scientific method" came to be used prominently in the twentieth century, with no scientific authorities
over its meaning despite it popping up in textbooks and dictionaries.[19] Though there was a steady growth on the
concept into the twentieth century, by the end of that century numerous influential philosophers of science like
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abstracted forms of knowledge; in current scientific practice, however, the use of scientific modelling and reliance
on abstract typologies and theories is normally accepted. The scientific method is of necessity also an expression of
an opposition to claims that e.g. revelation, political or religious dogma, appeals to tradition, commonly held
beliefs, common sense, or, importantly, currently held theories, are the only possible means of demonstrating

Different early expressions of empiricism and the scientific method can be found throughout history, for instance
with the ancient Stoics, Epicurus,[29] Alhazen,[30] Roger Bacon, and William of Ockham. From the 16th century
onwards, experiments were advocated by Francis Bacon, and performed by Giambattista della Porta,[31] Johannes
Kepler,[32] and Galileo Galilei.[33] There was particular development aided by theoretical works by Francisco
Sanches,[34] John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume.

The hypothetico-deductive model[35] formulated in the 20th century, is the ideal although it has undergone
significant revision since first proposed (for a more formal discussion, see below). Staddon (2017) argues it is a
mistake to try following rules[36] which are best learned through careful study of examples of scientific

The overall process involves making conjectures (hypotheses), deriving predictions from them as logical
consequences, and then carrying out experiments based on those predictions to determine whether the original
conjecture was correct.[5] There are difficulties in a formulaic statement of method, however. Though the scientific
method is often presented as a fixed sequence of steps, these actions are better considered as general principles.[10]
Not all steps take place in every scientific inquiry (nor to the same degree), and they are not always done in the

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