The Geoscientific Method
The course examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of geosciences.
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We use a historical framework to explore the components and the evolution of modern scientific method. We want to understand how scientific hypotheses are formulated and tested and how scientific data are reviewed, interpreted and presented. The goal is to think about thinking in order to organize, be aware of and challenge our own methodologies of science and analysis.
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Fall term 20 | Depending on the number of students and current restrictions, the course will either be given "as usual" or with lectures via Zoom and exercises on as many occasions as needed to be able to work in smaller groups. Field teaching will take place as usual.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
The course is given every year during the autumn term – with approximately 10 evening lectures.
The schedule was updated on June 18 2020.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
Science Rules: A Historical Introduction to Scientific Methods
Peter Achinstein, editor
published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004
paperback ISBN 0-8018-7944-2
Revolutions in the Earth: James Hutton and the True Age of the World
by Stephen Baxter
Phoenix; New Ed edition (5 Feb 2004)
Paperback ISBN: 0753817616
Capital of the Mind: How Edinburgh Changed the World
John Murray Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (16 Aug 2004)
paperback ISBN 0719565448
The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World
Fourth Estate Ltd; New edition edition (2 Jan 2003)
paperback ISBN 1841152765
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