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Ch 19: Foundations of Scientific Thought

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Strengthen your knowledge of the foundations of scientific thought by reviewing fun lessons. Expert instructors provide quality insights into scientific investigation, breakthroughs in medicine, scientific ways of thinking and other related concepts.

Foundations of Scientific Thought - Chapter Summary

If you're interested in gauging or enhancing your understanding of the foundations of scientific thought, this chapter can help! Examine important ways the field of science has evolved over the years, and explore steps scientists take to make new breakthroughs and advancements. Lessons offer clear definitions and examples to provide you with a well-rounded understanding of scientific thought. Upon completion of this chapter, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Explain the basics of scientific ways of thinking
  • Define and provide the steps of scientific investigation
  • Describe 16th and 17th century breakthroughs in medicine and chemistry
  • Discuss the effects of the Scientific Revolution
  • Share ways scientific discoveries can influence people to change their beliefs
  • Examine scientific advances and paradigm shifts within scientific theory
  • Detail developments in science and technology since 1945

Review the lessons in any sequence you desire, and revisit them as often as needed to ensure you fully comprehend the foundations of scientific thought. If you hit a snag and need additional information about lesson topics, feel free to submit questions to our experts. Multiple-choice quizzes are available to assess your comprehension of each lesson. A practice exam is also available to reinforce the topics covered in this chapter.

7 Lessons in Chapter 19: Foundations of Scientific Thought
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Scientific Ways of Thinking

1. Scientific Ways of Thinking

Are you interested in becoming a scientist? Science is all about gaining knowledge by asking good questions, making observations, testing your ideas and drawing conclusions. With a little practice, you can learn to think like a scientist.

What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

2. What is Scientific Investigation? - Definition, Steps & Examples

Scientific investigation is the way in which scientists and researchers use a systematic approach to answer questions about the world around us. Read on to find out more. A quiz is provided to test your understanding.

Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

3. Breakthroughs in Medicine & Chemistry: Examples & Empiricism

In this lesson, we explore the medical and chemical breakthroughs which occurred in the 16th and 17th centuries as part of the era's increased emphasis on empiricism and the concurring Scientific Revolution.

Effects of the Scientific Revolution

4. Effects of the Scientific Revolution

In this lesson, we explore the philosophical, religious, and cultural effects of the Scientific Revolution on Early Modern society - effects that forever changed the Western view of the universe and humanity's place within it.

How Scientific Discoveries Can Cause People to Change Their Beliefs

5. How Scientific Discoveries Can Cause People to Change Their Beliefs

Personal beliefs are one thing that people hold to very tightly. However, over time, with enough scientific evidence, a critical eye and consistent experiments, science can and does change people's beliefs in ways that simple observations cannot.

Scientific Advances & Paradigm Shifts in Scientific Theories

6. Scientific Advances & Paradigm Shifts in Scientific Theories

Learn about some of the major scientific advances, and how they led to paradigm shifts in scientific thinking. Take a quiz to see how much you've learned.

The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

7. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.

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