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Scientific method in practice

Author: Hugh G Gauch, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2003.
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"Between the covers of a single book, Hugh Gauch has compiled the first synthesis of the practice and the philosophy of the scientific method. This book will enable scientists to become better scientists by offering them a deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the scientific method. For instance, parsimonious models often increase accuracy and thereby accelerate progress and increase returns on research  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh G Gauch, Jr.
ISBN: 0521816890 9780521816892 0521017084 9780521017084
OCLC Number: 49225684
Description: xviii, 435 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Science in perspective --
Science wars --
Science's presuppositions --
Deductive logic --
Probability --
Inductive logic and statistics --
Parsimony and efficiency --
Case studies --
Science's powers and limits --
Science education --
Conclusions.
Responsibility: Hugh G. Gauch, Jr.
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