|About the Author
|Edmund has not made an original discovery but only has re-discovered an old tried and workable one. He has been able to do what no one else has done — make a better evaluation and condensation of what the scientific method really is and then present it in a more comprehensive form that’s easier to learn and teach.
Professor Ritchie Calder in Science in our Lives (1962) states: “A great discovery depends on three things—The Method—The Man—The Moment.”
Today we are in the “Age of Knowledge.” Now is the moment to bring rationality to our understanding of the method of knowledge — The Scientific Method.
Norman Wilson Edmund was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1916 and moved to Camden, NJ, in 1920. As a boy Edmund was an avid reader, newspaper boy, and Boy Scout. He studied self-improvement and was voted “most studious” in junior and high school. Upon graduation from high school in 1935, during the depression, he enrolled in evening course at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Graduating in 1939, he won the same award he had received at high school graduation — “Most Outstanding for the Combination of Scholarship and Extra-curricular Activities.”
Immediately after graduation, a serious illness forced him to spend two years in the hospital. Back to health at the age of 25, he was again living with his parents when his creativity and entrepreneurial spirit surfaced. In March of 1942, he started a mail order business selling kits of lenses. His office was a card table in his bedroom. He added prisms, war surplus optical items, telescopes and scientific items. Soon, thousands of experimentally inclined individuals and all the major research labs and universities were buying his products. Each month, he read 200 periodicals looking for ideas.
Upon retirement in 1975, his bedroom office had become a 68,000 square-foot business.
Years followed with leisurely life in Florida, where he spent his days yachting and fishing. Then in 1989 he gave it all up to research The Scientific Method.
In researching the nature of The Scientific Method, Edmund’s high degree of creativity was now self serving. He used the scientific method process to explore what the method was — i.e. the science of science, sometimes called methodology, philosophy of science or epistemology. The thinking skills he had acquired from being an avid reader, perpetual student, and the experience from his 35-year career of being the top problem-solver at Edmund Scientific, had prepared him for this quest.
Therefore, without any hesitation, I highly recommend that you seize this unique opportunity to acquaint yourself with The Scientific Method (SM-14) formula as expounded in this website.
J. Raymond Parent, past vice-president,
André-Laurendeau College, Lasalle. Québec, Canada