Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World / Edition 1 by Henry N. Pollack, H. N. Pollack, Henry N. Pollack | | 9780521619103 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World / Edition 1

Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World / Edition 1

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by Henry N. Pollack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521619106

ISBN-13: 9780521619103

Pub. Date: 05/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Scientific uncertainty puzzles many people. The confusion arises when scientists have more than one answer, and disagree among themselves. By acquainting readers with the ways that uncertainty arises in science, how scientists accommodate and make use of uncertainty, and how they reach conclusions in the face of uncertainty, this book enables them to confidently

Overview

Scientific uncertainty puzzles many people. The confusion arises when scientists have more than one answer, and disagree among themselves. By acquainting readers with the ways that uncertainty arises in science, how scientists accommodate and make use of uncertainty, and how they reach conclusions in the face of uncertainty, this book enables them to confidently evaluate uncertainty from their own perspectives, in terms of their experiences. Henry N. Pollack is a professor of Geology in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Michigan. He has published extensively in the field of geophysics. This is his first popular science book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521619103
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; About the author; 1. Setting the stage; 2. Uncertain about science; 3. Can the media help?; 4. Unfamiliarity breeds uncertainty; 5. Fever or chill?; 6. A fifty-fifty chance; 7. How does this work?; 8. Let's see what happens if...; 9. Reconstructing the past; 10. Predicting the future; 11. Out of the blue; 12. A climate of uncertainty; Index.

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Uncertain Science ... Uncertain World 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no question that the author knows what he is writing about;however, he has a difficult time communicating it in the book, which is surprisingly lacking in visual aids. The book reads like a novel. The layman's description of statistics and probabilities is very much worthwhile, but it takes far too many pages to get to the very interesting ending.