2nd Edition

Recipes for Science An Introduction to Scientific Methods and Reasoning

    378 Pages 83 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    378 Pages 83 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Scientific literacy is an essential aspect of any undergraduate education. Recipes for Science responds to this need by providing an accessible introduction to the nature of science and scientific methods appropriate for any beginning college student. The book is adaptable to a wide variety of different courses, such as introductions to scientific reasoning, methods courses in scientific disciplines, science education, and philosophy of science.

    Special features of Recipes for Science include contemporary and historical case studies from many fields of physical, life, and social sciences; visual aids to clarify and illustrate ideas; text boxes to explore related topics; plenty of exercises to support student recall and application of concepts; suggestions for further readings at the end of each chapter; a glossary with helpful definitions of key terms; and a companion website with course syllabi, internet resources, PowerPoint presentations, lecture notes, additional exercises, and original short videos on key topics.

    Key Updates to the Second Edition

    • 13 short chapters of uniform length that make it easier to adapt to a college semester
    • Case studies and examples featuring new research and important historical research across many fields of science
    • Added discussion of timely topics, including large research collaborations, trust and distrust of science, machine learning and other technology-driven advances, diversity in science, and connections to indigenous knowledge
    • Streamlined and simplified discussion of some topics, such as experimentation and statistical hypothesis-testing
    • Exercises that are clearly aligned with learning goals and sorted into types: Recall, Apply, and Think
    • Additional online exercises and a series of original videos on key topics
    • Exercise solutions available on an instructor-only section of the website

    Introduction 1

    1 The nature of science 

    2 How science pursues its aims 

    3 Scientific experiments 

    4 Non-experimental investigation 

    5 Scientific modeling 

    6 Deductive reasoning 

    7 Inductive and abductive reasoning 

    8 Probabilistic reasoning 

    9 Statistical reasoning 

    10 Statistical inference 

    11 Causal reasoning 

    12 Explaining and theorizing 

    13 Science in society 





    Angela Potochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Founding Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science at the University of Cincinnati, USA.

    Matteo Colombo is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

    Cory Wright is Professor of Philosophy at California State University Long Beach, USA.

    Praise for the Second Edition:

    “Everyone should learn scientific thinking —the courage to know. This wonderful book paves the way and inspires a love for science with the help of stimulating examples and helpful exercises. A treasure for a better world in which people long for facts and objective arguments.” -- Gerd Gigerenzer, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany