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Editorial Reviews


"A welcome, and well-informed, introduction for budding scientists to the general principles undergirding the rationality of science. The book draws powerful attention to the fact that future scientific advance itself depends on a proper understanding of scientific method."
Roger Trigg, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford, and founding chair of the British Philosophical Association

"The mission of this wonderful book is to enhance both scientists' and nonscientists' appreciation of science ... valuable for prospective and practising scientists. Excellent references and an index support the text. This reviewer wishes this book had been available when he was a student. Highly recommended."
R. E. Buntrock, Choice

"... provides a truly invaluable contribution to acquaint readers with the general principles underlying the scientific method ... Gauch's accessible writing and concern in clarifying and exemplifying the concepts presented make this a highly readable book, likely to be of interest to a wide range of readers (including those who have not been previously introduced to these issues). Given its unquestionable worth and usefulness in unveiling the details of the scientific method, I would definitely recommend this book to students, teachers, researchers and anyone committed to expanding their knowledge about science."
Maria João Fonseca, Journal of Biological Education

"Scientific Method in Brief is well suited for use in undergraduate courses on scientific method or the nature of science. In fact, for the former sort of class, [this] is one of the best, if not the best, book[s] to use. Moreover, [it] would make a fruitful addition as a supplement to various other courses. For example, it could be implemented into introductory level philosophy of science courses as a way of providing a more in-depth look at scientific method. [It] could be used to supplement courses on critical thinking/informal logic as well ... [It] is an excellent book to use in lower division undergraduate courses on scientific method, the nature of science, and many more. I highly recommend it."
Kevin McCain, Teaching Philosophy

"There is a detailed table of contents, a thorough list of references, and a good index. This detailed explanation of scientific method is laid out so as to be useful as a text for educational courses. To this end, each chapter concludes with a summary and a set of study questions. However, the book is also a thorough and practical description of scientific philosophy and method, which will be useful to practitioners as well."
David B. Henderson, Computing Reviews

Book Description

Specifically designed to enhance perspective and encourage productivity, this is a guide to the key principles of scientific method including deductive and inductive logic, probability, parsimony and hypothesis testing. The examples and case studies span the physical, biological and social sciences and also highlight science's interrelationship with the humanities.

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  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (October 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107666724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107666726
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,242,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Gauch Jr. is a researcher who specializes in agriculture and he has made a wonderful contribution to science by writing this book. This book follows much of his previous work on the scientific method called Scientific Method in Practice which was the longer version of this text. "Scientific Method in Brief" is based off of that one pretty much. The intended audience for this book is scientists and nonscientists who are undergraduates or going for graduate degrees. It is for those who wish to get a more complete and systematic understanding of the scientific method as it is done by actual scientists in real time in the real world. One unique feature of the book is that it relies a lot on the position papers on science from leading scientific organizations like American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Commission on Excellence in Education (NCEE), National Research Council (NRC), National Science Foundation (NSF) and a few others. It also includes insights from studies on science education and how a few changes in how science classes are taught from elementary schools to universities can make a significant difference in increasing comprehensions and appreciation of science.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eystein Skjerve on June 18, 2014
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The main value of the book is to bring in what tje author calls "common sense" to avoid pitfals of philosophy of science created by sceptics to science, obseving science from distance. The parsimony discussion was essential, but lacked a bit substance. all in all a boon for reflection...
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