Ignorance

Author: Stuart Firestein
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199939330
Format: PDF, Mobi
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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.

Practicing Biology

Author: Neil A. Campbell
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
ISBN: 9780321522931
Format: PDF
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This workbook offers a variety of activities to suit different learning styles. Activities such as modeling and mapping allow students to visualize and understand biological processes. New activities focus on reading and developing graphs and basic skills.

CliffsNotes AP Biology 5th Edition

Author: Phillip E. Pack
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544784170
Format: PDF, ePub
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Score higher with this new edition of the bestselling AP Biology test-prep book Revised to even better reflect the AP Biology exam, this AP Biology test-prep guide includes updated content tailored to the exam, administered every May. Features of the guide focus on what AP Biology test-takers need to score high on the exam: Reviews of all subject areas In-depth coverage of the all-important laboratory investigations Two full-length model practice AP Biology exams Every review chapter includes review questions and answers to pinpoint problem areas.

The Forever Fix

Author: Ricki Lewis
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429941472
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Fascinating narrative science that explores the next frontier in medicine and genetics through the very personal prism of the children and families gene therapy has touched. Eight-year-old Corey Haas was nearly blind from a hereditary disorder when his sight was restored through a delicate procedure that made medical history. Like something from a science fiction novel, doctors carefully injected viruses bearing healing genes into the DNA of Corey's eyes—a few days later, Corey could see, his sight restored by gene therapy. THE FOREVER FIX is the first book to tell the fascinating story of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how patients (mostly children) have been helped and harmed, and how scientists learned from each trial to get one step closer to its immense promise, the promise of a "forever fix," - a cure that, by fixing problems at their genetic root, does not need further surgery or medication. Told through the voices of the children and families who have been the inspiration, experimental subjects, and successes of genetic science, THE FOREVER FIX is compelling and engaging narrative science that tells explores the future of medicine as well as the families and scientists who are breaking new ground every day.

Biology

Author: Jane B. Reece
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
ISBN: 9780321536167
Format: PDF
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Each of the eight units reflect the progress in scientific understanding of biological processes at many levels, from molecules to ecosystems.

Investigating Biology Laboratory Manual

Author: Lisa A. Urry
Publisher: Pearson
ISBN: 9780134473468
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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With its distinctive investigative approach to learning, this best-selling laboratory manual is now more engaging than ever, with full-color art and photos throughout. The lab manual encourages students to participate in the process of science and develop creative and critical-reasoning skills.

Change

Author: Gabriele Bammer
Publisher: ANU Press
ISBN: 192502265X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Change happens all the time, so why is driving particular change generally so hard? Why are the outcomes often unpredictable? Are some types of change easier to achieve than others? Are some techniques for achieving change more effective than others? How can change that is already in train be stopped or deflected? Knowledge about change is fragmented and there is nowhere in the academic or practice worlds that provides comprehensive answers to these and other questions. Every discipline and practice area has only a partial view and there is not even a map of those different perspectives. The purpose of this book is to begin the task of developing a comprehensive approach to change by gathering a variety of viewpoints from the academic and practice worlds.