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Doing Science Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research

ISBN-10: 019538573X
ISBN-13: 9780195385731
Edition: 2nd 2009
Authors: Ivan Valiela
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/4/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Doing Science, second edition, offers a rare compendium of practical advice based on how working scientists pursue their craft. It covers each stage of research, from formulating questions and gathering data to developing experiments and analyzing results and finally to the many ways for presenting results. Drawing on his extensive experience both as a researcher and a research mentor, Ivan Valiela has written a lively and concise survey of everything a beginning scientist needs to know to succeed in the field. He includes chapters on scientific data, statistical methods, and experimental designs, and much of the book is devoted to presenting final results. Now in its second edition, Doing Science has been completely updated and expanded to include a brand-new chapter on doing science in society, as well as increased coverage of the ethics of avoiding conflict of interest. Anyone beginning a scientific career, or who advises students in research will find Doing Science, second edition, an invaluable source of advice.

Ivan Valiela has been teaching and doing research since 1969 in Woods Hole at the Boston University Marine Program, Marine Biological Laboratory. He has published over 200 articles on many basic and applied features of coastal environments, and has written Marine Ecological Processes, well-known as a standard text in marine ecology, and Doing Science, a guide to the design, analysis, and communication of scientific research.

Obtaining Scientific Information
Introduction
Empirical Science
Deductive Science
Elements of Scientific Data and Tests of Questions
Kinds of Date
Accuracyand Precision
Frequency Distributions
Descriptive Statistics
Distributions and Transformations of Data
Tests of Hypotheses
Statistical Analyses
Analysis of Variance
Regression
Correlation
Analysis of Frequencies
Summary of Statistical Analyses
Transformations of Data
Principles of Research Design
Desirable Properties of Research Design
Design of Treatments
Design of Layout
Response Design
Sensible Experimental Design
Communication of Scientific Information: Writing
The Matter of Publication
The Matter of Which Language to Use
Writing Scientific English
Communicating Scientific Information: The Scientific Paper
Organization of a Scientific Paper
The Life History of a Scientific Paper
Scientific Papers: Important and Changing
Other Means of Scientific Communication
The Scientific Talk
The Poster Presentation
The Proposal
Presenting Data in Tables
Why Show Data in Tables?
The Elements of Tables
Layout of Tables
Tables That Need Not Be Tables
Presenting Data in Figures
Graphical Perception
Types of Figures
Principles of Graphical Representation
Case Studies of Graphical Data Presentation
Bivariate Graphs
Three-Variable Graphs
Histograms
Bar Graphs
Pie Diagrams
Doing Science in Society
The Profession of Science
Unbiased and Independent Judgment
Validity of Facts
Giving Credit to Others and Sharing Credit
How Widespread Is Questionable Behavior in Science?
Perceptions and Criticisms of Science
Current Perceptions about Science
Science and Some Modern Critics
Sharpening Perceptions about Science
Index

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