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The nature of science : integrating historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives

Author: Fernando Espinoza
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2012.
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The role of science, along with its nature and development, are commonly misunderstood. Fernando Espinoza shines light on these misconceptions to show that the role of science also lies in its effect and influence upon society through historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. This book incorporates the mandates by national organizations such as the National Research Council and National Science  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fernando Espinoza
ISBN: 9781442209510 1442209518 9781442209527 1442209526 9781442209534 1442209534
OCLC Number: 713189168
Awards: Winner of Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2012.
Description: xiii, 171 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: The need for scientific literacy --
The origins of accomplishing tasks : from individual to organized efforts --
The earliest comprehensive and rationalistic syntheses --
Knowing, doing and the inevitability of curiosity and exploration --
From the transcendent to the temporal : a transformative experience --
From qualities to quantities : the mathematization of nature --
Internalizing naturalistic explanations : benefit or threat? --
Dispensing with philosophy and entertaining limits to human knowledge --
Scientifically speaking, we know a lot, or do we? --
The need for a context --
The rightful place of science in society --
Concluding reflections.
Responsibility: Fernando Espinoza.
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The role of science, along with its nature and development, are commonly misunderstood. Fernando Espinoza shines light on these misconceptions to show that the role of science also lies in its effect and influence upon society through historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. This book incorporates the mandates by national organizations such as the National Research Council and National Science Teachers Association and is a useful text for required courses of general education majors.--Publisher information.

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Espinoza (SUNY College at Old Westbury) has demonstrated expertise in the fields of science and education and has published widely. His goal in this book is to give students and others a context for Read more...

 
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