Empiricism, inductivism, and logical reasoning in orthodontic research. Part I: Scientific progress mechanisms and the growth of knowledge.

T. Eliades, W.A. Brantley
Hellenic Orthodontic Review 1998;1:63-9.

Fundamental aspects of the formulation of hypotheses and the construction of methodologies are discussed. A path for scientific progress is shown which requires appropriate analysis of empirical experimental evidence for validation or rejection of a proposed hypothesis and the use of ad hoc auxiliary concepts as necessary.

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