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The Experience of Science : An Interdisciplinary Approach - I. F. Goldstein

The Experience of Science

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1984
ISBN: 9780306415388
Number Of Pages: 400

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Our earlier book, How We Know: An Exploration of the Scientific Process, was written to give some conception of what the scientific approach is like, how to recognize it, how to distinguish it from other approaches to understanding the world, and to give some feeling for the intellectual excitement and aesthetic satisfactions of science. These goals represented our concept of the term "scientific literacy." Though the book was written for the general reader, to our surprise and gratification it was also used as a text in about forty colleges, and some high schools, for courses in science for the non-scientist, in methodology of science for social and behavioral sciences, and in the philosophy of science. As a result we were encouraged to write a textbook with essentially the same purpose and basic approach, but at a level appropriate to college students. We have drawn up problems for those chapters that would benefit from them, described laboratory experiments that illustrate important points discussed in the text, and made suggestions for additional readings, term papers, and other projects. Throughout the book we have introduced a number of chapters and appendices that provide examples of the uses of quantitative thinking in the sciences: logic, math­ ematics, probability, statistics, and graphical representation.

1 What Is Science?.- 2 Facts.- 3 Logic.- 4 Snow on Cholera.- 5 Mathematics.- 6 Is Heat a Substance?.- 7 Probability.- 8 What Is Madness? The Scientific Study of Mental Disorders.- 9 Statistics.- 10 Science-The Search for Understanding.- 11 Science-The Goal of Generality.- 12 Science-The Experimental Test.- 13 The Experimenter and the Experiment.- 14 Measurement and Its Pitfalls.- 15 Graphs and Sketches.- 16 Where Do Hypotheses Come From?.- 17 The Dispassionate Scientist.- 18 The Cultural Roots of Science.

ISBN: 9780306415388
ISBN-10: 0306415380
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 30th April 1984
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.71

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