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What science is and how it works

Author: Gregory Neil Derry
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2002, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Introduces the reader to the process of scientific thinking. Starting with historical examples, this book leads readers through the events, experiments, blind alleys, and thoughts of scientists in  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Neil Derry
ISBN: 0691095507 9780691095509
OCLC Number: 48834639
Notes: Originally published: 1999.
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2000
Description: xi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: What is science? --
pt. I. Exploring the frontiers of science : how new discoveries are made in the sciences: A bird's eye view : the many routes to scientific discovery ; Nature's jigsaw : looking for patterns as a key to discovery ; New vistas : expanding our world with instrumentation ; Close, but no cigar : discrepancies as a trigger to discovery ; Ingredients for a revolution : thematic imagination, precise measurements and the motions of the planets --
pt. II. Mental tactics : some distinctively scientific approaches to the world: A universe in a bottle : models, modeling and successive approximation ; Thinking straight : evidence, reason and critical evaluation ; The numbers game : uses of quantitative reasoning --
pt. III. Larger questions : the context of science: Ultimate questions : science and religion ; More practical questions : science and society ; Difficult and important questions : science, values and ethics ; Questions of authenticity : science, pseudoscience and how to tell the difference ; Contentious questions : the shadowy borderlands of science ; Very abstract questions : the philosophy of science ; Questions of legitimacy : the postmodern critique of science --
pt. IV. Common ground : some unifying concepts in the sciences: Fleas and giants : some fascinating insights about area, volume and size ; The edge of the abyss : order and disorder in the universe ; Riding Blake's tiger : symmetry in science, art and mathematics ; The straight and narrow : linear dependence in the sciences ; The limits of the possible : exponential growth and decay ; In the loop : feedback, homeostasis and cybernetics --
Epilogue: So, what is science?
Responsibility: Gregory N. Derry.

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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000 "[There is] no better contemporary book to convey the unity of science and at the same time to stimulate further study."--Choice "Part textbook, Read more...

 
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