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    Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist (Basic Books) (Paperback) By (author) Chad Orzel

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    DescriptionEven in the twenty-first century the popular image of a scientist is a reclusive genius in a lab coat, mixing formulas or working out equations inaccessible to all but the initiated few. The idea that scientists are somehow smarter than the rest of us is a common, yet dangerous, misconception, getting us off the hook for not knowing--or caring--how the world works. How did science become so divorced from our everyday experience? Is scientific understanding so far out of reach for the non-scientists among us? As science popularizer Chad Orzel argues in Eureka, even the people who are most forthright about hating science are doing science, often without even knowing it. Orzel shows that science isn't something alien and inscrutable beyond the capabilities of ordinary people, it's central to the human experience. Every human can think like a scientist, and regularly does so in the course of everyday activities. The disconnect between this reality and most people's perception is mostly due to the common misconception that science is a body of (boring, abstract, often mathematical) facts. In truth, science is best thought of as a process: Looking at the world, Thinking about what makes it work, Testing your mental model by comparing it to reality, and Telling others about your results. The facts that we too often think of as the whole of science are merely the product of this scientific process. Eureka shows that this process is one we all regularly use, and something that everybody can do. By revealing the connection between the everyday activities that people do--solving crossword puzzles, playing sports, or even watching mystery shows on television--and the processes used to make great scientific discoveries, Orzel shows that if we recognize the process of doing science as something familiar, we will be better able to appreciate scientific discoveries, and use scientific facts and thinking to help address the problems that affect us all.


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    Title
    Eureka
    Subtitle
    Discovering Your Inner Scientist
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Chad Orzel
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780465074969
    ISBN 10: 0465074960
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: PDA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Libri: ENGM4500
    LC classification: T
    BISAC V2.8: SCI063000
    Abridged Dewey: 600
    BISAC V2.8: SCI003000
    B&T Approval Code: A50160000
    DC23: 500
    Thema V1.0: JNU, PDR, PDA
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    BASIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    09 December 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Chad Orzel received his BA in physics from Williams College, his Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Maryland, and his postdoctorate from Yale University. He maintains the blog Uncertain Principles and is the author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog. He is now a professor at Union College in Schenectady, New York.