A Beginner's Guide to Scientific Method 4th Edition

Stephen S. Carey

  • © 2012
  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2004, 1998, 1994
  • 160 Pages


This concise yet comprehensive guide provides an introduction to the scientific method of inquiry as well as detailed coverage of the many misapplications of scientific method that define pseudoscience. Compact enough to be used as a supplementary book in a science class, yet thorough enough in its coverage to be used as a core text in a class on scientific method, this text assists students in using the scientific method to design and assess experiments.

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  • The explanations have been thoroughly to ensure clarity and readability for the student audience.
  • The discussion of causation in Chapter 3 has been greatly expanded.
  • In Chapter 4, the basic framework for discussing experimental design has been revised to center on false confirmation and rejection.
  • In Chapter 5, the discussion of probability and statistical inference is greatly simplified. Each section now begins with and explains all points in terms of recent causal studies.
  • Two new pseudoscientific fallacies have been added and the text now contains many new and recent illustrations of all the fallacies.
  • Dozens of new exercises and examples have been added to every chapter.
  • End of chapter concept quizzes have been added.

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