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Author Mak, Don K.

Title Solving everyday problems with the scientific method : thinking like a scientist / Don K Mak, Angela T Mak, Anthony B Mak
Published Singapore ; Hackensack, N.J. : World Scientific Pub. Co., [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 220 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Prelude -- 2. The scientific method. 2.1. Edwin Smith papyrus. 2.2. Greek philosophy (4th century BC). 2.3. Islamic philosophy (8th century AD-15th century AD). 2.4. European science (12th century AD-16th century AD). 2.5. Scientific Revolution (1543 AD-18th century AD). 2.6. Humanism and empiricism. 2.7. The scientific method. 2.8. Application of the scientific method to everyday problem -- 3. Observation. 3.1. External information. 3.2. Internal information -- 4. Hypothesis. 4.1. Abduction. 4.2. Wild conjectures. 4.3. Albert Einstein -- 5. Experiment. 5.1. Experiment versus hypothesis. 5.2. Platonic, Aristotelian, Baconian, and Galilean methodology -- 6. Recognition. 6.1. John Nash -- 7. Problem situation and problem definition. 7.1. Perspectives on different levels. 7.2. Perspectives on the same level -- 8. Induction and deduction. 8.1. Induction. 8.2. Deduction -- 9. Alternative solutions. 9.1. Lotion bottle with a pump dispenser -- 10. Relation. 10.1. Creativity. 10.2. Scientific research and scientific method. 10.3. Can we be more creative? -- 11. Mathematics -- 12. Probable value -- 13. Epilogue
Summary This book describes how one can use The Scientific Method to solve everyday problems including medical ailments, health issues, money management, traveling, shopping, cooking, household chores, etc. It illustrates how to exploit the information collected from our five senses, how to solve problems when no information is available for the present problem situation, how to increase our chances of success by redefining a problem, and how to extrapolate our capabilities by seeing a relationship among heretofore unrelated concepts. One should formulate a hypothesis as early as possible in order to have a sense of direction regarding which path to follow. Occasionally, by making wild conjectures, creative solutions can transpire. However, hypotheses need to be well-tested. Through this way, The Scientific Method can help readers solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. Containing real-life examples of how various problems are solved - for instance, how some observant patients cure their own illnesses when medical experts have failed - this book will train readers to observe what others may have missed and conceive what others may not have contemplated. With practice, they will be able to solve more problems than they could previously imagine
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-218) and index
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Subject Problem solving -- Methodology.
Science -- Methodology.
Form Electronic book
Author Mak, Angela T.
Mak, Anthony B.
World Scientific (Firm)
ISBN 1282441132
9789812835109 (electronic bk.)
9812835105 (electronic bk.)