Science and Its Ways of Knowing / Edition 1 available in Paperback
This broad collection of accessible essays helps readers develop a fuller appreciation of the nature of science and scientific knowledge in general. The focus throughout is on the relationships in science between fact and theory, about the nature of scientific theory, and about the kinds of claims on truth that science makes. Arranges essays according to three essential aspects of scientific practice: Method, theory, and discovery. For scientists looking to broaden their general knowledge of basic scientific theory.
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Table of ContentsPreface/Acknowledgments.
I. ON SCIENTIFIC METHOD.Introduction.
Can We Know the Universe?, Carl Sagan.
On Scientific Method, Robert Pirsig.
A Method of Inquiry, George F. Kneller.
The So-called Scientific Method, Henry H. Bauer.
The Germs of Dissent: Louis Pasteur and the Origins of Life, Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch.
How Fermi Would Have Fixed It, Hans Christian von Baeyer.
Sensory Function in the Harbor Seal, Deane Renouf.
II. DEVELOPING A THEORY.Introduction.
Does Theory Ever Become Fact?, Charles M. Wynn.
My Position, Stephen Hawking.
The Aesthetic Equation, Hans Christian von Baeyer.
What's Wrong with the New Physics?, Robert Oldershaw.
Science: Conjectures and Refutations, Karl Popper.
Evolution as Fact and Theory, Stephen Jay Gould.
Einstein: The Thinking That Led to the Theory of Relativity, Max Wertheimer.
III. CONTEXTS OF DISCOVERY.Introduction.
Setting the Stage for Discovery, Robert S. Root-Bernstein.
Preface from Toward the Habit of Truth, Mahlon Hoagland.
The Making of a Discovery, Anne Sayre.
Fission, Luis Alvarez.
A Feeling forthe Organism, Evelyn Fox Keller.
Learning to See, Samuel Hubbard Scudder.
Million-Year-Old Cells, George Poinar and Roberta Poinar.