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Research Methods for Cyber Security by David O. Manz, Thomas W. Edgar

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Chapter 1

Introduction to Science

Abstract

This chapter aims to introduce science and the way it has been used to help our understanding of the universe and everything in it, as well as to achieve societal and technological advancement. The philosophy of science, the body of knowledge of science, and the scientific process to discover knowledge will all be discussed. The chapter will provide an overview of the different branches of science, the different forms of scientific research, and the types of methods used. The chapter will discuss empirical evidence provided by scientific research methods and explain the hierarchy of evidence, as well as discussing why the scientific method requires that beliefs and preferences are subordinated to data ...

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