skip to content
Ignorance : how it drives science Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Ignorance : how it drives science

Author: Stuart Firestein
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
Summary:
"Knowledge is a big subject, says Stuart Firestein, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance--not knowledge--that is the true engine of science. Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stuart Firestein
ISBN: 9780199828074 0199828075
OCLC Number: 752069074
Description: viii, 195 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: A short view of ignorance --
Finding out --
Limits, uncertainty, impossibility, and other minor problems --
Unpredicting --
The quality of ignorance --
You and ignorance --
Case histories.
Responsibility: Stuart Firestein.
More information:

Abstract:

Contrary to the popular view of science as a mountainous accumulation of facts and data, Stuart Firestein takes the novel perspective that ignorance is the main product and driving force of science,  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

[B]oth concise and splendidly aphoristic. Robin Ince, New Statesman A valuable acquisition for academic libraries, given the current emphasis on STEM education and undergraduate research. R. E. Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.

Similar Items

Related Subjects:(8)

User lists with this item (15)

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/752069074>
library:oclcnum"752069074"
library:placeOfPublication
library:placeOfPublication
owl:sameAs<info:oclcnum/752069074>
rdf:typeschema:Book
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/894959>
rdf:typeschema:Intangible
schema:name"Discoveries in science"@en
schema:name"Discoveries in science."@en
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:about
schema:copyrightYear"2012"
schema:creator
schema:datePublished"2012"
schema:description""Contrary to the popular view of science as a mountainous accumulation of facts and data, Firestein takes the novel perspective that Ignorance is the main product and driving force of science, and that this is the best way to understand the process of scientific discovery"--"@en
schema:description"A short view of ignorance -- Finding out -- Limits, uncertainty, impossibility, and other minor problems -- Unpredicting -- The quality of ignorance -- You and ignorance -- Case histories."@en
schema:description""Knowledge is a big subject, says Stuart Firestein, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance--not knowledge--that is the true engine of science. Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room. The process is more hit-or-miss than you might imagine, with much stumbling and groping after phantoms. But it is exactly this "not knowing," this puzzling over thorny questions or inexplicable data, that gets researchers into the lab early and keeps them there late, the thing that propels them, the very driving force of science. Firestein shows how scientists use ignorance to program their work, to identify what should be done, what the next steps are, and where they should concentrate their energies. And he includes a catalog of how scientists use ignorance, consciously or unconsciously--a remarkable range of approaches that includes looking for connections to other research, revisiting apparently settled questions, using small questions to get at big ones, and tackling a problem simply out of curiosity. The book concludes with four case histories--in cognitive psychology, theoretical physics, astronomy, and neuroscience--that provide a feel for the nuts and bolts of ignorance, the day-to-day battle that goes on in scientific laboratories and in scientific minds with questions that range from the quotidian to the profound. Turning the conventional idea about science on its head, Ignorance opens a new window on the true nature of research. It is a must-read for anyone curious about science"--"@en
schema:exampleOfWork<http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/1089546770>
schema:inLanguage"en"
schema:name"Ignorance : how it drives science"@en
schema:publisher
schema:url
schema:workExample
umbel:isLike<http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBB233233>

Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.