Theoretical Research Methods
Theoretical research methods
, as opposed to practical research methods (within the field of microbiology), generally refer to the nature of research understood solely for the purpose of pure intrinsic interest and/or futural development. Theoretical research does not usually have any inherent functionality within the immediate present, and without any practical uses, usually lay in the halls of academia or some professor's basement, dusty and covered in coffee stains.
Take Einstein's Theory of Relativity for instance. This theory (special relativity) confirmed the nature of planetoid orbital revolutions to a much more exact degree than did previous theories, according to measurement. However, there was no immediate 'practical' purpose for this understanding. Today however, the Theory of Relativity is used to launch space shuttles and satellites among many, many other things.
There are those who would insist that theoretical approaches invalidate the practical 'reality' of functional science. Then again, there are also those who believe we dream when we sleep, and it's probably a good thing, or else our heads would explode.
Generally, in a microbiological approach, theories build models and projections of what things might be like on a functional level, without predetermined proof or ability to determine what they might be like on the inside.The very nature of microbiology composing the building blocks of life itself is a theory in structure. Although highly practically applied, it still remains theoretical in the sense that it's not completely %100 applied.