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Understanding Scientific Reasoning

Understanding Scientific Reasoning
Author: Ronald N. Giere - John Bickle - Robert Mauldin
ISBN 13: 9780155063266
ISBN 10: 15506326
Edition: 5
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Publication Date: 2005-07-13
Format: Paperback
Pages: 308
List Price: $168.95

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


Directed towards first and second year college students, this volume introduces aspects of the philosophy of science and aims to help readers acquire the cognitive skills useful for understanding and evaluating scientific material as found in textbooks and other sources. While the bulk of the ten chapters explore techniques for the evaluation of theoretical, statistical, and causal hypotheses, the final two discuss how to use scientific hypotheses to reach personal or public policy decisions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.