Recipes for Science: An Introduction to Scientific Methods and Reasoning

1st Edition

Angela Potochnik, Matteo Colombo, Cory Wright

Published August 6, 2018
Textbook - 336 Pages
ISBN 9781138920729 - CAT# Y202305

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  • Helps students develop scientific literacy—an essential aspect of any undergraduate education in the 21st century, including a broad understanding of scientific reasoning, methods, and concepts
  • Written for all beginning college students: preparing science majors for more focused work in particular science; introducing the humanities’ investigations of science; and helping non-science majors become more sophisticated consumers of scientific information
  • Provides an abundance of both contemporary and historical examples
  • Covers reasoning strategies and norms applicable in all fields of physical, life, and social sciences, as well as strategies and norms distinctive of specific sciences
  • Includes visual aids to clarify and illustrate ideas
  • Provides text boxes with related topics and helpful definitions of key terms, and includes a final Glossary with all key terms
  • Includes Exercises for Active Learning at the end of each chapter, which will ensure full student engagement and mastery of the information include earlier in the chapter
  • Provides annotated ‘For Further Reading’ sections at the end of each chapter, guiding students to the best primary and secondary sources available
  • Offers a Companion Website, with:
    • For Students: direct links to many of the primary sources discussed in the text, student self-check assessments, a bank of exam questions, and ideas for extended out-of-class projects
    • For Instructors: a password-protected Teacher’s Manual, which provides student exam questions with answers, extensive lecture notes, classroom-ready Power Point presentations, and sample syllabi
    • Extensive Curricular Development materials, helping any instructor who needs to create a Scientific Reasoning Course, ex nihilo


Today, scientific literacy is an essential aspect of any undergraduate education. Recipes for Science responds to this need by providing an accessible introduction to the nature of science and scientific methods, reasoning, and concepts that is appropriate for any beginning college student. It is designed to be adaptable to a wide variety of different kinds of courses, such as introductions to scientific reasoning or critical thinking, philosophy of science, and science education. In any of these different uses, the book helps students better navigate our scientific, 21st-century world.

Key Features

  • Contemporary and historical examples of science from many fields of physical, life, and social sciences.
  • Visual aids to clarify and illustrate ideas.
  • Text boxes to explore related topics.
  • Plenty of exercises to ensure full student engagement and mastery of the information.
  • Annotated 'Further Reading' sections at the end of each chapter.
  • Final glossary with helpful definitions of key terms.
  • A companion website with author-developed and crowdsourced materials, including syllabi for courses using this textbook, bibliography of additional resources and online materials, sharable PowerPoint presentations and lecture notes, and additional exercises and extended projects.


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