Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

Critical Appraisal of Physical Science as a Human Enterprise

Dynamics of Scientific Progress

Authors: Niaz, Mansoor

  • Presents historical reconstructions that are very different from textbook presentations
  • Includes a wide range of historical episodes covering almost 300 years
  • Provides guidelines for students, teachers and researchers for further research
  • Understands science as a human enterprise
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About this book

The objective of this book is to reconstruct historical episodes and experiments that have been important in scientific progress, and to explore the role played by controversies and rivalries among scientists. Although progress in science has been replete with controversies, scientists themselves either ignore or simply downplay their role. Such presentations lack the appreciation of the dynamics of ‘science-in-the-making’. This book provides methodological guidelines - based on a historical perspective of philosophy of science- that facilitate an understanding of historical episodes beyond that of inductive generalizations. These guidelines suggest that progress in science is not merely based on the accumulation of experimental data, but rather dependent on the creative imagination of the scientific community. This work shows that interpretation of experimental data is difficult and inevitably leads to alternative models/theories thus facilitating the understanding of science as a human enterprise.

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“The book is organized in 14 chapters and includes references, an author index and a subject index. … The book does an excellent job in brining to the foreground the complexity that surrounds the development of ideas in science. … Overall, the book is a valuable contribution in illustrating a face of science that is often ignored. … The book will be useful for academics, researchers and students in history, philosophy and education of science.” (Sibel Erduran, Science & Education, June, 2010)

“This 14-chapter book devotes 10 chapters to historical episodes of scientific discovery and theory development in the physical sciences. … for students of history and philosophy of science (HPS) and science education, this volume reports on important physical science episodes in the application of HPS to science education. … Niaz’s monograph is a good source for gaining insights into how history of science influenced philosophy of science.” (Richard A. Duschl, Studies in Science Education, Vol. 47 (1), March, 2011)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Critical Appraisal of Physical Science as a Human Enterprise
Book Subtitle
Dynamics of Scientific Progress
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
Series Volume
36
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9626-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9626-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9625-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8172-8
Series ISSN
1878-0482
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 216
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