The Geoscientific Method
7.5 credits cr.
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The course examines the historical and philosophical underpinnings of geosciences.
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.
Course period Autumn 2021: Monday August 30–Wednesday September 29 (incorrect study period in the right column).
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Autumn term 21 | The course will be given on campus. But this information could be updated before the start of the course depending on the situation at that time.
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 schedule was updated on June 18 2020.
Note 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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