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The scientific method : reflections from a practitioner

Author: Massimiliano Di Ventra
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"This book looks at how science investigates the natural world around us. It is an examination of the scientific method, the foundation of science and basis on which our scientific knowledge is built. ... [It] addresses all concepts pertaining to the scientific method. It includes discussions on objective reality, hypotheses and theory, and the fundamental and unalienable role of experimental evidence in scientific  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Massimiliano Di Ventra
ISBN: 9780198825623 0198825625
OCLC Number: 1022082620
Description: xi, 114 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Preface --
1. Science without philosophy? --
2. Material world and objective reality --
3. First principles and logic --
4. Natural phenomena and the primacy of experiment --
5. Observation and experimentation --
6. The role of human faith in science --
7. Approximate and limited description of natural phenomena --
8. Hypothesis --
9. Theory --
10. Competing theories --
11. Can one theory be "derived" from another? --
12. Verifying or falsifying? And what? --
13. Don't be a masochist! --
14. "Consensus" in science? What is that? --
15. Flow chart of the scientific method --
16. The "what" and "why" questions --
17. "Scientism": abusing the scientific method --
18. Final thoughts.
Other Titles: Reflections from a practitioner
Responsibility: Massimiliano Di Ventra.

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This book discusses and explains in a clear, concise, and colloquial style the foundational concepts that determine how Science proceeds in investigating the natural world, and the knowledge it is  Read more...

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