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Getting science wrong : why the philosophy of science matters

Author: Paul Dicken
Publisher: London, UK : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses some of the most popular misconceptions about science, and their continuing role in the public imagination. Drawing upon the history and philosophy of science it challenges widespread assumptions and misunderstandings, from creationism and climate change to the use of statistics and computer modeling. The result is an engaging introduction to contentious issues in the philosophy of science and a new way of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Dicken
ISBN: 9781350007277 1350007277 9781350007284 1350007285
OCLC Number: 1022267708
Description: xvi, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Learning from our mistakes --
A matter of trial and error --
Images of science --
88.6 percent of all statistics are made up --
Living in different worlds --
The bankruptcy of science --
Deus ex machina --
Epilogue --
Dramatis personae.
Responsibility: Paul Dicken.

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Discusses some of the most popular misconceptions about science, and their continuing role in the public imagination. Drawing upon the history and philosophy of science it challenges widespread assumptions and misunderstandings, from creationism and climate change to the use of statistics and computer modeling. The result is an engaging introduction to contentious issues in the philosophy of science and a new way of looking at the role of science in society.

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