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on January 26, 2012
The book doesn't go into philosophy of science and is very clear and easy to read. It emphasizes things that are common to scientific investigation in general like making observations and measurements, looking for explanations, using explanations to make predictions, and testing those predictions with more observations or experiments. (Some non-experts think that only experiments can be used to test hypotheses, but virually everything we know about astronomy and history we know from observations without intervention, not experiments.) It also talks about the kinds of considerations (like sample size, confounding variables and bias) and the kinds of studies (randomized, prospective and retrospective) used to establish causal links. The last chapter talked fallacies in the name of science including how false anomalies can be used to make unfounded claims by leaving out key facts that aren't known by the average person. Once these facts are known the anomaly disappears. Scientific Thinking by Robert M. Martin is also a good book on scientific method that goes into more depth.
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on March 4, 2014
I'm taking a philosophy course called Critical thinking: Science and the Occult (actually taught by the author of this book himself.)
It's full of useful concepts, and not too difficult of a read even for me (I have ADHD). I'd recommend pick it up just to be slightly more science-litterate even if I weren't taking a course that required it.
(Unrelated side note: He, and his class are pretty wacky.)
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on August 24, 2014
Thorough but highly technical, if you want to learn how to design an experiment as opposed to what one entails this is not the way to go. Good example of subject matter that is taught but without a deeply analyzed example. I enjoyed the information it provided though. Thankfully Kindle lets you sample a chapter first.
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on December 19, 2011
This book was useful for my college course of natural science. It's relatively short, which makes for a quick read. Nonetheless, it has some good information and some fun quizzes in it.
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on March 7, 2013
This text was required for my class and it arrived on time. It is a pretty lengthy read and very full of information so it takes some effort to read. All of the material that this books provieds is very complex but helpful. Recommend it.
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