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Understanding Scientific Reasoning

Understanding Scientific Reasoning - 4th edition

Understanding Scientific Reasoning - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780155016255

ISBN10: 0155016253

Understanding Scientific Reasoning by Ronald N. Giere - ISBN 9780155016255
Edition: 4TH 97
Copyright: 1997
Publisher: Harcourt Brace or Harcourt Press
Published:
International: No
Understanding Scientific Reasoning by Ronald N. Giere - ISBN 9780155016255

ISBN13: 9780155016255

ISBN10: 0155016253

Edition: 4TH 97
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Summary

Understanding Scientific Reasoning develops critical reasoning skills and works with students to improve their level of scientific and technological literacy. Giere teaches students how to understand and critically evaluate scientific information they encounter in popular and professional media. With its focus on science, Understanding Scientific Reasoning helps students learn how to examine scientific reports with a reasonable degree of sophistication.

Giere explains how to reason through case studies using the same informal logic skills employed by scientists. Students sharpen their abilities to analyze a complex series of propositions and hypotheses in the same manner as scientists.

This textbook is appropriate for courses in scientific reasoning, philosophy of science, scientific method, logic (formal or informal), critical thinking or reasoning, found in philosophy and science departments.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Why Understand Scientific Reasoning?

I. Theoretical Hypotheses

2. Understanding and Evaluating Theoretical Hypotheses
3. Historical Episodes
4. Marginal Science

II. Statistical and Causal Hypotheses

5. Statistical Models and Probability
6. Evaluating Statistical Hypotheses
7. Causal Models
8. Evaluating Causal Hypotheses

III. Knowledge, Values, and Decisions

9. Models of Decision Making
10. Evaluating Decisions