Doing Science

Doing Science : Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research

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This text is an introduction to concepts needed in the different parts of the process of doing science. It includes topics that will help achieve clarity in the posing of scientific questions, the design of ways to answer the questions and the methods to evaluate the results and effectively communicate scientific information. It aims to be of use to the professional or student in the practice of writing papers, books or journal articles and can be applied to almost any area of science that requires presentation of data in an effective and informative way.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 170 x 250 x 23mm | 816g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 10 halftones, 102 line figures
  • 0195079620
  • 9780195079623

Table of contents

Obtaining scientific information; elements of scientific data and tests of questions; statistical analysis; principles of research design; communication of scientific information - writing; the scientific paper; other means of scientific communication; presenting data in tables; presenting data in figures; case studies of graphical data presentation; perceptions and criticisms of science.show more

Review quote

"[Y]ou will find this book enjoyable and filled with new ideas and reminders of old approaches long forgotten or put aside. The author has done an excellent job of making what he admits is 'dreadfully dull material' into an interesting and thought-provoking read. . . . This book is not a recipe for how to do science, but presents practical advice on how scientists do their work. A significant portion of the book is devoted to describing how to do an effective job of presenting and communicating research results. . . . This book will prove helpful to practicing scientists, as well as anyone starting on the road to scientific inquiry." -- EOS"I recommend this book as a textbook to courses in universities all over the world."--Photosynthetica"The last chapter of the book covers perceptions and criticisms of science and presents a summary of why the scientific community is often mistrusted. ... I would urge all readers to start with this chapter because it causes the reader to place the information of Doing Science in context. ... The book is extremely well written ..."--Journal of Environmental Qualityshow more