August 17, 2010

New Publication of The Process of Science

by Heather Falconer

We’ve had a lot of requests to make content available in book form, and are happy to announce that, as of today, our collection of ‘process’ modules are available in a beautiful new paperback through Lulu.com.

As many of us already realize, learning about the content of science without learning about the process of science is like trying to learn a foreign language with a dictionary. You can memorize a lot of vocabulary words and you might even be able to get by by asking directions or buying milk in the store. But without a sense of the nature and structure of the language, you will never be able to read a novel or have a conversation. Similarly, in science you may learn all of the facts about circulation in the atmosphere and the chemistry of greenhouse gases, but you will likely not understand why scientists have different ideas about the future effects of climate change. Without an awareness of how scientists gather and analyze their data, how they form hypotheses, and how they communicate those ideas to other scientists, you are missing the most important component of science — how we know what we know.

This book offers a series of modules that explore the dynamic process of science, helping readers to better understand our surroundings and place in the universe. It is not meant to represent a specific discipline in science, but rather an umbrella for all scientific disciplines. We are very excited to be able to offer this material in printed form and look forward to your feedback!

Heather Falconer

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Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.