Scientific Method, Statistical Method and the Speed of Light

  title={Scientific Method, Statistical Method and the Speed of Light},
  author={R. Jock MacKay and R. Wayne Oldford},
  journal={Statistical Science},
What is "statistical method"? Is it the same as "scientific method"? This paper answers the first question by specifying the ele- ments and procedures common to all statistical investigations and orga- nizing these into a single structure. This structure is illustrated by care- ful examination of the first scientific study on the speed of light carried out by A. A. Michelson in 1879. Our answer to the second question is neg- ative. To understand this a history on the speed of light up to the… 

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