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Author: Robert Scott Root-Bernstein
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats

Looks at what scientists do, and shows science as the imaginative endeavour of the people who do it. Using a fictional format, the author unveils the discovery process in action through the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Scott Root-Bernstein
ISBN: 0674211758 9780674211759 9780674211766 0674211766
OCLC Number: 911313261
Description: XIV, 501 p. ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: on fact and fiction. Part 1 Preparations - toward a science of science: Jenny's notebook - impish ideals; Imp's journal - dissatisfactions; Jenny's notebook - the problem area defined; Imp's journal - who cares?; Jenny's notebook - dinner with Hunter; transcript - courting novelty (Bertollet); Jenny's notebook - the arts of scientists. Part 2 Day one - the problem of problems: Imp's journal - discovering a problem; transcript - how does science grow?; Jenny's notebook - implications, contradictions; transcript - what's worth investigating?; Imp's journal - dogma denied. Part 3 Day two - planning or chance?: Imp's journal - alternative hypotheses; transcript - planning (Pasteur); Jenny's notebook - personal knowledge; transcript - chance (Pasteur); Jenny's notebook - the eye of the mind; Imp's journal - surprises. Part 4 Day three - logic of research, surprise of discovery: Imp's journal - competition; Jenny's notebook - the body is part of the mind; transcript - the probability of discovering (Fleming); Jenny's notebook - patterns in mind space; transcript - the fun of discovering (Fleming); Imp's journal - unexpected connections. Part 5 Day four - creating unity from diversity: Imp's journal - thematum; transcript - modeling the process (van't Hoff); Jenny's notebook - falsification; transcript - global thinking (van't Hoff); Jenny's notebook - renewing old knowledge. Part 6 Day five - insight and oversight: Imp's journal - illumination; Jenny's notebook - patterns on paper; transcript - insight and oversight (Arrhenius); Jenny's notebook - modeling illumination. Part 7 Day six - complementary perspectives: Jenny's notebook - asymmetry and fault tolerance; transcript - reports; Ariana's report - who discovers, how? - personality and the art of science; transcript - discussion; Constance's report - history and philosophy of science in science; transcript - discussion; Richter's report - the evolution of science; transcript - discussion; Hunter's report - obstacles and inducements to exploratory research; transcript - discussion; Imp's report - manual of strategies for discovering; transcript - discussion. Part 8 Postscript: Imp's journal - ambiguities; Jenny's notebook - conclusions are questions.
Responsibility: Robert Scott Root-Bernstein.


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