LSTD 2533 – Science as a Process
Why is it cool?
Science is a process. It’s a process of inquiring, testing, deconstructing, reconstructing and questioning very basic pieces of information. This process is necessary, because eventually, these pieces of information come together to form the basis of what we know about the world.
As French mathematician Jules Henri Poincaré once said, “Science is facts; just as houses are made of stones, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house and a collection of facts is not necessarily science.” In Science as a Process, you will explore many scientific processes, allowing the world of science to become more approachable and robust.
Science as a Processwill allow you to analyze and critique the scientific method, the design of experiments and the interpretation of data in scientific investigations. You will gain an in-depth, operational knowledge of scientific theories, hypotheses and paradigms. More importantly, you will take away a host of concepts and skills that will contribute to your lifelong understanding of the scientific process and allow you to excel in your research as a student and citizen.
“Science as a Process is about how science and scientists work,” said Steve Gullberg, professor and Subject Matter Expert for the course. “It delves into the scientific method and how scientific theories and hypotheses differ and discusses how the general public routinely misuses the word ‘theory.’ Many scientific processes are explored and the world of science will have become much less of a mystery upon completing this course.”
By the end of the course, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of paradigms and normal science. You’ll have a working definition of the scientific method, including observations, data, collection and hypothesis testing. In short, what you take from this class will not only help you become a better scientist, but it will also help you examine the world you live in through a logical, systematic and inquisitive lens.