Exploring the Scientific Method
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Exploring the Scientific Method

Cases and Questions

Steven Gimbel, Steven Gimbel

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Steven Gimbel, Steven Gimbel

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From their grade school classrooms forward, students of science are encouraged to memorize and adhere to the "scientific method"‚ÄĒa model of inquiry consisting of five to seven neatly laid-out steps, often in the form of a flowchart. But walk into the office of a theoretical physicist or the laboratory of a biochemist and ask "Which step are you on?" and you will likely receive a blank stare. This is not how science works. But science does work, and here award-winning teacher and scholar Steven Gimbel provides students the tools to answer for themselves this question: What actually is the scientific method?


Exploring the Scientific Method pairs classic and contemporary readings in the philosophy of science with milestones in scientific discovery to illustrate the foundational issues underlying scientific methodology. Students are asked to select one of nine possible fields‚ÄĒastronomy, physics, chemistry, genetics, evolutionary biology, psychology, sociology, economics, or geology‚ÄĒand through carefully crafted case studies trace its historical progression, all while evaluating whether scientific practice in each case reflects the methodological claims of the philosophers. This approach allows students to see the philosophy of science in action and to determine for themselves what scientists do and how they ought to do it.


Exploring the Scientific Method will be a welcome resource to introductory science courses and all courses in the history and philosophy of science.

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140 
syntactic 
view 
of 
theories
Notes
1. 
See 
Immanuel 
Kant, 
‚ÄúÓÄĀe¬†
Transcendental 
Analytic,‚Ä̬†
in 
Critique 
of 
Pure 
Reason
, 
21‚Äď43¬†
(Buf-
falo, 
NY: 
Prometheus, 
1990).
2. 
Hans 
Reichenbach, 
Experience 
and 
Prediction
(Chicago: 
University 
of 
Chicago 
Press, 
1938), 
esp. 
chapter 
5, 
“Probability 
and 
Induction‚Ä̬†
(297‚Äď406).
3. 
W. 
V. 
O. 
Quine, 
“Natural 
Kinds,‚Ä̬†
in 
Ontological 
Relativity 
and 
Other 
Essays
, 
26‚Äď68¬†
(New 
York: 
Columbia 
University 
Press, 
1969).
4. 
Gilbert 
Harman, 
“Simplicity 
as 
a 
Pragmatic 
Criterion 
for 
Deciding 
What 
Hypotheses 
to 
Take 
Seriously‚Ä̬†
in 
Grue!
, 
ed. 
Douglas 
Stalker, 
153‚Äď72¬†
(Chicago: 
Open 
Court, 
1994). 
Stalker 
col-
lects 
Ô¨ĀÔ¨Öeen¬†
approaches 
to 
unraveling 
Goodman’s 
riddle 
and 
is 
a 
must-read 
for 
anyone 
deeply 
bothered 
by 
the 
argument.
5. 
Peter 
Achinstein, 
e 
Nature 
of 
Explanation.
(Oxford: 
Oxford 
University 
Press, 
1983), 
esp. 
‚ÄúÓÄĀe¬†
Paradox 
of 
the 
Ravens‚Ä̬†
(367‚Äď74).

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APA 6 Citation
Gimbel, S. (2011). Exploring the Scientific Method ([edition unavailable]). The University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/1852693/exploring-the-scientific-method-cases-and-questions-pdf (Original work published 2011)
Chicago Citation
Gimbel, Steven. (2011) 2011. Exploring the Scientific Method. [Edition unavailable]. The University of Chicago Press. https://www.perlego.com/book/1852693/exploring-the-scientific-method-cases-and-questions-pdf.
Harvard Citation
Gimbel, S. (2011) Exploring the Scientific Method. [edition unavailable]. The University of Chicago Press. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/1852693/exploring-the-scientific-method-cases-and-questions-pdf (Accessed: 15 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Gimbel, Steven. Exploring the Scientific Method. [edition unavailable]. The University of Chicago Press, 2011. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.