What Science Is and How It Works

ISBN-10: 0691095507
ISBN-13: 9780691095509
Edition: 1999
Authors: Gregory N. Derry
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Description: How does a scientist go about solving problems? How do scientific discoveries happen? What is a scientific world view? This text talks about these and other questions, introducing the process of scientific thinking.

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 3/24/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.85" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

How does a scientist go about solving problems? How do scientific discoveries happen? What is a scientific world view? This text talks about these and other questions, introducing the process of scientific thinking.

Preface
Prologue: What Is Science?
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
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
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
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?
Index

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