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Doing Science: Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research / Edition 2

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Doing Science offers a rare compendium of practical advice based on how working scientists practice 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. He gives valuable suggestions for improving scientific writing, for preparing scientific talks, and devotes three chapters to hands-on advice for presenting data in charts, tables, and graphs. Anyone beginning a scientific career, or anyone who advises students in research, will find Doing Science an invaluable source of advice.
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Editorial Reviews

Many books cover research design and data analysis, and some discuss communicating findings, but Valiela (Boston U. Marine Program) demonstrates the importance of gathering these topics between two covers. The first half of the book covers the principles of empirical and deductive science, elements of scientific data and tests of questions, statistical analyses, and principles of research design; the second presents invaluable information about writing, speaking, and graphically interpreting scientific findings. The last chapter discusses current perceptions about science, postmodern critiques, and why it is in scientists' interest to educate the public about science and its limitations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"[Y]ou will find this book enjoyable and filled with new ideas and reminders of old approaches long forgotten or put aside. The author has done an excellent job of making what he admits is 'dreadfully dull material' into an interesting and thought-provoking read. . . . This book is not a recipe for how to do science, but presents practical advice on how scientists do their work. A significant portion of the book is devoted to describing how to do an effective job of presenting and communicating research results. . . . This book will prove helpful to practicing scientists, as well as anyone starting on the road to scientific inquiry." -- EOS

"I recommend this book as a textbook to courses in universities all over the world."--Photosynthetica

"The last chapter of the book covers perceptions and criticisms of science and presents a summary of why the scientific community is often mistrusted. ... I would urge all readers to start with this chapter because it causes the reader to place the information of Doing Science in context. ... The book is extremely well written ..."--Journal of Environmental Quality

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195385731
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 461,307
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Valiela is a professor in the Boston University Marine Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.

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Table of Contents

1. Obtaining Scientific Information
2. Elements of Scientific Data and Tests of Questions
3. Statistical Analysis
4. Principles of Research Design
5. Communication of Scientific Information: Writing
6. The Scientific Paper
7. Other Means of Scientific Communication

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