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Reliable Knowledge: An Exploration of the Grounds for Belief in Science (Canto original series) Hardcover – January 31, 1979
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In his equally magnificent book on the "underbelly" of the historic process (The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past), John Lewis Gaddis says: "The best introduction I know to the scientific method, (op cit Ziman), points out that scientific insights often arise from such realizations as 'the behavior of an electron in an atom is 'like' the vibration of air in a spherical container, or that the random configuration of the long chain of atoms in a polymer molecule is 'like" the motion of a drunkard across a village green..." (Ziman, p. 21).
Gaddis goes on to say that Ziman uniquely captures the often missed intersection of scientific method with the metaphorical tools of the human mind. Things like hierarchical recursion, odds vs. utility functions and other unexpected bonuses keep popping up in what could have been a dry discussion of method, here elevated to include the poetry of discovery, invention and creativity. This book will make you a smarter, better person, and each page contains nuggets and "essences" of method that have guided researchers for years, but are hardly ever taught due to the "little picture" requirements of technology education today.Read more ›