Science for Everyone

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 395. Reviews the book, How We Know: An Exploration of the Scientific Process by Martin Goldstein and Inge F. Goldstein (see record 1979-32562-000). This book on the scientific process has been written for the nonspecialist. While the book does not make uniformly easy reading, it is interesting, rewarding, and a model of clarity. All of the conventional topics embraced by the scientific method are given brief but enlightening treatment. In order to highlight some of the important characteristics of science through concrete example, the authors have included three detailed case histories. The authors correctly emphasize the role of consensus in science even while realizing that consensus, unless based upon effective contacts with events, can have undesirable effects. In their discussion of the cultural roots of science, they stress the importance of shared beliefs. Such beliefs obviously contribute to consensus in science. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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