Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic

Everyday Practice of Science Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic Scientific facts can be so complicated that only specialists in a field fully appreciate the details but the nature of everyday practice that gives rise to these facts should be understandable by eve

  • Title: Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic
  • Author: Frederick Grinnell
  • ISBN: 9780195064575
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Scientific facts can be so complicated that only specialists in a field fully appreciate the details, but the nature of everyday practice that gives rise to these facts should be understandable by everyone interested in science This book describes how scientists bring their own interests and passions to their work, illustrates the dynamics between researchers and the reseScientific facts can be so complicated that only specialists in a field fully appreciate the details, but the nature of everyday practice that gives rise to these facts should be understandable by everyone interested in science This book describes how scientists bring their own interests and passions to their work, illustrates the dynamics between researchers and the research community, and emphasizes a contextual understanding of science in place of the linear model found in textbooks with its singular focus on scientific method Everyday Practice of Science also introduces readers to issues about science and society Practice requires value judgments What should be done Who should do it Who should pay for it How much Balancing scientific opportunities with societal needs depends on appreciating both the promises and the ambiguities of science Understanding practice informs discussions about how to manage research integrity, conflict of interest, and the challenge of modern genetics to human research ethics Society cannot have the benefits of research without the risks The last chapter contrasts the practices of science and religion as reflective of two different types of faith and describes a holistic framework within which they dynamically interact.

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    1. Forget everything you've learned about scientific methodology, and especially the scientific method, says cell biologist Fred Grinnell in his book "Everyday Practice of Science". Instead he insists, science often operates more successfully by relying on both intuition and passion, and occasionally, even serendipity. The scientific method - especially when viewed through a philosophical lens such as Karl Popper's famous "falsification" criterion - can be viewed more accurately as a guide, not an [...]

    2. If the Royals Society's Science Prize shortlist were a cricket over, I'd currently be sitting on a 4 and two dot-balls.James Hannam's 'God's Philosopher's' was a great read, if gratingly colloquial and see-it-told-you-so-ish in places. Marcus Chown's 'We Need To Talk About Kelvin' I had to abandon a couple of chapters in, because I couldn't see the useful information underpinning the thick slab of whimsy-icing.I stuck it out for Frederick Grinnell's 'Everyday Practice of Science' for three reaso [...]

    3. This book is sort of weird and unfortunate. It starts off as a very good introduction to the social studies of science literature, an introduction strong enough that I'd consider using it in an undergraduate class on the subject, especially if it was anthropology/sociology oriented. But the book devolves quickly into a personal reflection on Grinnell's own attempts to reconcile religion and science. This is an interesting topic, but one that is sufficiently intellectually complicated that the wr [...]

    4. I read this book last summer to help me participate on one of the St.Vincent Institutional Review Boards as a Non-scientific member. It's one of the many that I come back to review every few months.

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