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The Geoscientific Method

  • 7.5 credits

The Geoscientific Method

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.

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  • Schedule

    This is a preliminary schedule and is subject to continuous change. For this reason, we do not recommend print-outs. At the start of the course, your institution 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.
  • Course literature

    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
    James Buchan
    John Murray Publishers Ltd; New edition edition (16 Aug 2004)
    paperback ISBN 0719565448

    The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots' Invention of the Modern World
    Arthur Herman
    Fourth Estate Ltd; New edition edition (2 Jan 2003)
    paperback ISBN 1841152765

  • Contact

    Patrick CrillProfessor
    Patrick Crill
    +46 (0)8 16 47 40 | Room: R333

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