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Scientific Endeavor A Primer on Scientific Principles and Practice

ISBN-10: 0805345965
ISBN-13: 9780805345964
Edition: 2000
Authors: Jeffrey A. Lee
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Description: Ideal as a standalone supplement in any science course, The Scientific Endeavor creates a framework for students' future coursework in the sciences by discussing what science is and how it is done. Presenting all of the major topics and basic  More...

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Book details

List price: $48.60
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 186
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Ideal as a standalone supplement in any science course, The Scientific Endeavor creates a framework for students' future coursework in the sciences by discussing what science is and how it is done. Presenting all of the major topics and basic underpinnings of science in a clear, simplified manner, the book provides a generic view that isn't tied to any specific discipline. Students develop "scientific literacy" that will help them better understand and appreciate their mainstream science courses.

Preface
Introduction
What Is Science?
Areas of Science
Basic and Applied Research
Why Understand Science?
The Philosophy of Science
Scientific Statements
Scientific Methods
Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science
Research
Introduction
Selecting a Topic to Study
Hypotheses
Experimental Design
Performing Experiments
Analysis
Results
Discussion of Results
Models
Nonexperimental Research
The Community of Scientists
Scientific Norms
Invisible Colleges
Peer Review
Reward System
Becoming a Scientist
Misconduct in Science
Fraud
Plagiarism
Questionable Research Practices
Research with Human and Animal Subjects
Whistleblowing
Critical Thinking and Science
Critical Thinking Strategies
Common Fallacies
Pseudoscience
Astrology
Dowsing
Worlds in Collision
Lysenkoism
Creation "Science"
UFOs
Paranormal Phenomena
Health-Related Pseudoscience
Some Other Pseudosciences
Science, Pseudoscience, and a Skeptical Attitude
Science and Pseudoscience
The Need for Critical Thinking
A Skeptical Attitude
Evaluating Extraordinary Claims
The Process of Science
The Scientific Knowledge Acquisition Web
Conclusions
Units
The International System of Units
Rules for Writing Unit Symbols, Prefixes, and Numbers
The Greek Alphabet
Working with Measured Values
Significant Digits
Rounding
Scientific and Prefix Notation
Calculating with Units
Writing Science
Graphing
Credits
Index

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