128 pages | 8 B/W Illus.
This book completes a scientific life trilogy of books following on from the Hows (i.e. skills) and the Whys is now the Whats of a scientific life. Starting with just what is science, then on to what is physics, what is chemistry and what is biologythe book discusses career situations in terms of types of obstacles faced. There follow examples of what science has achieved as well as plans and opportunities. The contexts for science are dependencies of science on mathematics, how science cuts across disciplines, and the importance of engineering and computer software. What science is as a process is that it is distinctly successful in avoiding or dealing with failures. Most recently a radical change in what is science is the merger of the International Council of Scientific Unions and the International Social Sciences Council.
About the Author
Part I Introduction
1. What is the Scientific Life
1.1 Scientific objectivity, truth and certainty
1.3 Some practicalities day-to-day, week-to-week, month-to-month and year-to-year
2. What is physics?
3. What is chemistry?
4. What is biology?
Part II Scientific career choices; What to do when faced with
8. Traffic Lights
Part III: Examples of what science delivers or will deliver in the future
11. With physics we can see atoms
12. Acceleration of chemical reactions by catalysts, a wonder of the natural world
13. Understanding colour; e.g. camouflage, clothes, cosmetics and paintings
14. The Universe exists and the big bang ‘start’ of the Universe; the ‘red shift’ and the expansion of the Universe
15. Is there life elsewhere in the Universe? The role of the Square Kilometre Array radio astronomy project
16. Predicting climate change on Earth
Part IV Science and Mathematics, Across the Disciplines and Side by Side with Engineering
17. Science and Mathematics: Newtonian dynamics and molecular dynamics
18. Science across the disciplines: Curiosity respects no science subject boundaries
19. Science Side by Side with Engineering
Part V Science is a process
20. Successes Involve Striving to Avoid Failures in Science
Part VI A trend; the coming together of science and social science
21. The International Council for Science, a very important event
A1 The Social Function of Science, by J. D. Bernal
A2 The Effective Scientist, by Corey J. A. Bradshaw
A3 Scientific Leadership, by J. W. (Hans) Niemantsverdriet and Jan-Karel Felderhof
A4 Managing Science: Developing your Research, Leadership and Management Skills, by K. Peach
A5 Writing Chemistry Patents and Intellectual Property: a Practical Guide, by Francis J. Waller
A6 The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner, by M. di Ventra.
Learning about the scientific education systems in the global context is of utmost importance now for two reasons. Firstly, the academic community is now international. It is no longer limited to top universities, as the mobility of staff and students is very common even in remote places. Secondly, education systems need to continually evolve in order to cope with the market demand. Contrary to the past when the pioneering countries were the most innovative ones, now emerging economies are more eager to push the boundaries of innovative education. Here, an overall picture of the whole field is provided. Moreover, the entire collection is indeed an encyclopedia of science education, and can be used as a resource for global education.