Understanding Scientific Reasoning

Understanding Scientific Reasoning

by Ronald N. Giere
     
 

ISBN-10: 0030446317

ISBN-13: 9780030446313

Pub. Date: 01/01/1979

Publisher: Holt McDougal

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:
9780030446313
Publisher:
Holt McDougal
Publication date:
01/01/1979
Pages:
371

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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