How science works

What do we know about science? Although we encounter scientific claims on a daily basis in the modern world, we rarely consider science itself as an object of study. This course remedies that. It explores deep questions about scientific knowledge and how science works. For instance: How does science develop reliable knowledge? When should scientists change their beliefs? And do they do so when they should? It draws on the philosophy, history, and sociology of science to give you the tools to think more critically about the science you encounter, offers intellectual conundrums to ponder—and it just might make you a better scientist.

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   Teacher: Benjamin Keep

 

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Course plan

Lesson 1. What Makes Science Special?
Lesson 2. Theory and Data, Part 1
Lesson 3. Theory and Data, Part 2
Lesson 4. Scientific Explanations
Lesson 5. Reasoning with Models
Lesson 6. Techno-Science
Lesson 7. Method or Methods?
Lesson 8. Social Aspects of Science
Lesson 9. Scientific Progress
Lesson 10. Science and Society
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Format

Starting tomorrow, you will receive a new lesson straight to your inbox every morning for 10 days. Lessons take just 5 minutes to read, and each course is followed by fun, knowledge-testing quiz.

 

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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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