Bacon, Descartes & the Scientific Method


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Whose contribution to the scientific method was his emphasis on experimentation?

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1. Which is NOT a step of the scientific method?

2. Who was an ancient Greek philosopher who developed formal ways to inquire about the universe?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of how the scientific method developed over the years. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the steps of the scientific method and key figures in that development historically.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The primary originator of the scientific method
  • The steps in the scientific method
  • The Greek philosopher who played a role in the development of the current scientific method
  • The French philosopher who played a role in the development of the current scientific method
  • The central purpose of the scientific method

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the development of the scientific method
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding historical contributors to the scientific method and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon, Aristotle and Rene Descartes

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the corresponding lesson on The Development of the Scientific Method. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define what the scientific method is
  • Identify steps in the scientific method
  • Understand how Aristotle contributed to early development of the scientific method
  • Examine the work of Roger Bacon and Francis Bacon
  • Learn about the rationalist, Rene Descartes, and his contributions