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Author Alger, Bradley Eugene, author.

Title Defense of the scientific hypothesis : from reproducibility crisis to big data / Bradley E. Alger
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2021


Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 416 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part I. Fundamentals -- Philosophical Background Matters -- The Scientific Hypothesis Today -- Critical Rationalism -- Kinds of Science -- Statistics and Statistical Hypotheses -- Bayesian Basics and the Scientific Hypothesis -- The Reproducibility Crisis -- Advantages of the Hypothesis -- What Scientists Think About Scientific Thinking -- Part II. Opposition and Cognitive Concerns -- Opponents of the Hypothesis -- Automatic Thinking -- Thinking Rationally About Heuristics and Biases -- Part III. Present Policies and the Future -- The Hypothesis in Science Education -- How to Improve Your Own Scientific Thinking -- The Future of the Hypothesis
Summary This volume argues that the scientific hypothesis is the key to understanding what science is about, and explains its importance for scientists and non-scientists alike. Most scientists, like the general public, receive only cursory formal instruction about the scientific hypothesis. Since we all constantly assess what's going on around us, we continually formulate and test hypotheses, consciously and unconsciously. The book distinguishes scientific from statistical hypotheses, analyzes the benefits of hypotheses and hypothesis testing, sorts out sciences that do not require hypotheses, discusses educational and social policies relating to the hypothesis, and offers advice on recognizing and formulating hypotheses
Notes Previously issued in print: 2019
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed April 20, 2021)
Subject Science -- Methodology.
Science -- Methodology.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780190093761