Today, scientific literacy is an essential aspect of any undergraduate education. Recipes for Science responds to this need by providing an accessible introduction to the nature of science and scientific methods, reasoning, and concepts that is appropriate for any beginning college student. It is designed to be adaptable to a wide variety of different kinds of courses, such as introductions to scientific reasoning or critical thinking, philosophy of science, and science education. In any of these different uses, the book helps students better navigate our scientific, 21st-century world.
Key FeaturesContemporary and historical examples of science from many fields of physical, life, and social sciences.Visual aids to clarify and illustrate ideas.Text boxes to explore related topics.Plenty of exercises to ensure full student engagement and mastery of the information.Annotated 'Further Reading' sections at the end of each chapter.Final glossary with helpful definitions of key terms.A companion website with author-developed and crowdsourced materials, including syllabi for courses using this textbook, bibliography of additional resources and online materials, sharable PowerPoint presentations and lecture notes, and additional exercises and extended projects.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
"More often than not students acquire content knowledge about science, deprived from any explicit reflection about the methods, the reasoning and the uncertainties that characterize it. Even laboratory activities can take the form of implementing a cookbook recipe, simply following predetermined steps towards a "correct" answer. But this is not how science is done. If there are recipes, they are open to creativity and they vary enormously. Recipes for Science excellently shows this and provides very useful materials for explicit reflection about the nature of science."
Kostas Kampourakis, University of Geneva, Switzerland
"Recipes for Science is clear and very readable, providing students
with a solid philosophical background in issues surrounding scientific
reasoning and methodologies, fleshed out with well-chosen, compelling
examples. Either on its own, or as a basis from which to build, this
will be a welcome text in scientific reasoning and philosophy of
Jonathan Michael Kaplan, Oregon State University
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