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What science is and how it works

Author: Gregory Neil Derry
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1999.
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"Science involves a particular way of thinking about the world, and Derry shows the reader that a scientific viewpoint can benefit most personal philosophies and fields of study. With an eye to both the power and limits of science, he explores the relationships between science and topics such as religion, ethics, and philosophy. By tackling the subject of science from all angles, including the nuts and bolts of the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Neil Derry
ISBN: 0691058776 9780691058771
OCLC Number: 40693869
Awards: Runner-up for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2000.
Description: xi, 311 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Exploring the frontiers of science: how new discoveries are made in the sciences --
Mental tactics: some distinctively scientific approaches to the world --
Larger questions: the context of science --
Common ground: some unifying concepts in the sciences.
Responsibility: Gregory N. Derry.
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How does a scientist go about solving problems? How do scientific discoveries happen? Why are cold fusion and parapsychology different from mainstream science? What is a scientific worldview? This  Read more...

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[There is] no better contemporary book to convey the unity of science and at the same time to stimulate further study. Choice Part textbook, part manifesto, Derry's book offers both entertainment Read more...

 
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Nice current overview of the nature of science

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2012-01-08) Excellent Permalink

This book is written for the general reader. It reviews the current philosophy of science. While it gives a passing nod to "science studies," it is in a more traditional school of understanding of science. The book gives good examples of where a change in the assumptions upon which observation is...
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