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The Resource Ignorance : how it drives science, Stuart Firestein

Ignorance : how it drives science, Stuart Firestein

Label
Ignorance : how it drives science
Title
Ignorance
Title remainder
how it drives science
Statement of responsibility
Stuart Firestein
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Knowledge is a big subject, says Stuart Firestein, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance--not knowledge--that is the true engine of science. Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room. The process is more hit-or-miss than you might imagine, with much stumbling and groping after phantoms. But it is exactly this "not knowing," this puzzling over thorny questions or inexplicable data, that gets researchers into the lab early and keeps them there late, the thing that propels them, the very driving force of science. Firestein shows how scientists use ignorance to program their work, to identify what should be done, what the next steps are, and where they should concentrate their energies. And he includes a catalog of how scientists use ignorance, consciously or unconsciously--a remarkable range of approaches that includes looking for connections to other research, revisiting apparently settled questions, using small questions to get at big ones, and tackling a problem simply out of curiosity. The book concludes with four case histories--in cognitive psychology, theoretical physics, astronomy, and neuroscience--that provide a feel for the nuts and bolts of ignorance, the day-to-day battle that goes on in scientific laboratories and in scientific minds with questions that range from the quotidian to the profound. Turning the conventional idea about science on its head, Ignorance opens a new window on the true nature of research. It is a must-read for anyone curious about science"--
  • "Contrary to the popular view of science as a mountainous accumulation of facts and data, Firestein takes the novel perspective that Ignorance is the main product and driving force of science, and that this is the best way to understand the process of scientific discovery"--
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Firestein, Stuart
Dewey number
501/.9
Index
index present
LC call number
Q175.32.K45
LC item number
F57 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Science
  • Ignorance (Theory of knowledge)
  • Discoveries in science
  • Ciencia
  • Descubrimientos científicos
  • Epistemología
  • SCIENCE
  • Discoveries in science
  • Ignorance (Theory of knowledge)
  • Science
  • Unwissenheit
  • Wissenschaft
  • Fortschritt
  • Wissenschaftsentwicklung
  • Forschung
  • Entdeckung
  • Wissenschaftsentwicklung
  • Wissenschaft
  • Unwissenheit
  • Vetenskapsteori
  • Naturvetenskapliga upptäckter
Label
Ignorance : how it drives science, Stuart Firestein
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A short view of ignorance -- Finding out -- Limits, uncertainty, impossibility, and other minor problems -- Unpredicting -- The quality of ignorance -- You and ignorance -- Case histories -- Coda
Control code
ocn752069074
Dimensions
19 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
viii, 195 pages
Isbn
9780199828074
Lccn
2011051395
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199828074
  • (OCoLC)752069074
Label
Ignorance : how it drives science, Stuart Firestein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A short view of ignorance -- Finding out -- Limits, uncertainty, impossibility, and other minor problems -- Unpredicting -- The quality of ignorance -- You and ignorance -- Case histories -- Coda
Control code
ocn752069074
Dimensions
19 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
viii, 195 pages
Isbn
9780199828074
Lccn
2011051395
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780199828074
  • (OCoLC)752069074

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