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The Scientific Endeavor: A Primer on Scientific Principles and Practice

Jeffrey A. Lee
Format
Book
Published
San Francisco, Calif. : Benjamin Cummings, c2000.
Language
English
ISBN
0805345965
Contents
  • What Is Science? 1
  • Areas of Science 3
  • Basic and Applied Research 4
  • Why Understand Science? 7
  • 2 Philosophy of Science 12
  • Scientific Statements 12
  • Scientific Methods 14
  • Recent Developments in the Philosophy of Science 20
  • 3 Research 27
  • Selecting a Topic to Study 28
  • Hypotheses 29
  • Experimental Design 34
  • Performing Experiments 42
  • Analysis 45
  • Results 48
  • Models 49
  • Nonexperimental Research 52
  • 4 Community of Scientists 56
  • Scientific Norms 57
  • Invisible Colleges 59
  • Peer Review 60
  • Reward System 61
  • Becoming a Scientist 63
  • 5 Misconduct in Science 66
  • Fraud 68
  • Plagiarism 69
  • Questionable Research Practices 70
  • Research with Human and Animal Subjects 77
  • Whistleblowing 80
  • 6 Critical Thinking and Science 84
  • Critical Thinking Strategies 85
  • Common Fallacies 95
  • 7 Pseudoscience 102
  • Astrology 103
  • Dowsing 104
  • Worlds in Collision 105
  • Lysenkoism 106
  • Creation "Science" 109
  • UFOs 111
  • Paranormal Phenomena 113
  • Health-Related Pseudoscience 116
  • Some Other Pseudosciences 119
  • 8 Science, Pseudoscience, and a Skeptical Attitude 126
  • Science and Pseudoscience 126
  • Need for Critical Thinking 129
  • A Skeptical Attitude 131
  • Evaluating Extraordinary Claims 133
  • 9 Process of Science 139
  • Scientific Knowledge Acquisition Web 141
  • Appendix 1 Units 147
  • International System of Units 148
  • Rules for Writing Unit Symbols, Prefixes, and Numbers 155
  • Greek Alphabet 157
  • Appendix 2 Working with Measured Values 159
  • Significant Digits 159
  • Rounding 161
  • Scientific and Prefix Notation 162
  • Calculating with Units 163
  • Appendix 3 Writing Science 165
  • Appendix 4 Graphing 171.
Description
vi, 186 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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