Related Resources

Understanding Context


1) "A Method of Inquiry": George F. Kneller, 1978, in Science as a Human Endeavor (Columbia Univ. Press).
2) "The So-called Scientific Method": Henry H. Bauer, 1992, in Scientific Literacy and the Myth of the Scientific Method (Univ. of Illinois Press).
3) "On Scientific Method": Robert Pirsig, 1974, in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
(William Morrow & Co.).
4) "Can We Know the Universe?": Carl Sagan, 1979, in Broca's Brain (Random House).
5) "Science: Conjectures and Refutations": Karl Popper, 1962, in Conjectures and Refutations (Basic Books).
6) "Evolution as Fact and Theory": Stephen Jay Gould, 1983, in Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes: Further Reflections in Natural History (W. W. Norton & Co.).
7) "Einstein: The Thinking That Led to the Theory of Relativity": Max Wertheimer, in Productive Thinking (HarperCollins Publisher).
8) "The Making of a Discovery": Anne Sayre, 1975, in Rosalind Franklin & DNA (W. W. Norton & Co.). [On the search of the structure of DNA.]
9) "Fission": Luis Alvarez, 1987, in Alvarez: Adventures of a Physicist (Basic Books). [On the discovery of nuclear fission and other breakthroughs in atomic physics.]
10) "A Feeling for the Organism": Evelyn Fox Keeler, 1984, in A Feeling for the Organism (W. H. Freeman & Co.). [On the life and work of Barbara McClintock.]
11) "The Germs of Dissent: Louis Pasteur and the Origins of Life": Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch, 1993, in The Golem: What Everyone Should Know About Science (Cambridge Univ. Press).
12) John Ziman, 1984: An Introduction to Science Studies: The Philosophical and Social Aspects of Science and Technology (Cambridge Univ. Press). [A broad overview of the philosophy, sociology, politics, and psychology of science.]
13) Rosemary Chalk (ed.), 1988: Science, Technology, and Society: Emerging Relationships (AAAS). [A collection of papers from Science magazine on ethics, scientific freedom, and social responsibility.]
14) Joel Primack and Frank von Hippel, 1974: Advice and Dissent: Scientists in the Political Arena (Basic Books). [Case studies of scientists interacting with the political process.]
15) John P. Dickinson, 1984: Science and Scientific Researchers in Modern Society (UNESCO). [A study commissioned by UNESCO on the relations between science and other intellectual and political activities.]