Understanding Scientific Reasoning / Edition 4

Understanding Scientific Reasoning / Edition 4

by Ronald N. Giere
     
 

ISBN-10: 0155016253

ISBN-13: 9780155016255

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Wadsworth

This textbook develops techniques for understanding and evaluating theoretical hypotheses of the sort typically found in the physical sciences as well as the statistical and causal hypotheses used in the social and biomedical sciences, and explains how scientific knowledge can be combined with individual or social values to reach personal and public policy decisions.

Overview

This textbook develops techniques for understanding and evaluating theoretical hypotheses of the sort typically found in the physical sciences as well as the statistical and causal hypotheses used in the social and biomedical sciences, and explains how scientific knowledge can be combined with individual or social values to reach personal and public policy decisions. The fifth edition updates the scientific case studies. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780155016255
Publisher:
Wadsworth
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Why Understand Scientific Reasoning? Part I: THEORETICAL HYPOTHESES. 1. Understanding and Evaluating Theoretical Hypotheses. 2. Historical Episodes. 3. Marginal Science. Part II: STATISTICAL AND CAUSAL HYPOTHESES. 4. Statistical Models and Probability. 5. Evaluating Statistical Hypotheses. 6. Causal Models. 7. Evaluating Causal Hypotheses. Part III: KNOWLEDGE, VALUES, AND DECISIONS. 8. Models of Decision Making. 9. Evaluating Decisions.

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