On Being a Scientist by National Academy of Sciences Staff (Editor); National Academy of Engineering Staff (Editor); Institute of Medicine Staff; Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (U.S.) Committee; Policy and Global Affairs Division StaffThe scientific research enterprise is built on a foundation of trust. Scientists trust that the results reported by others are valid. Society trusts that the results of research reflect an honest attempt by scientists to describe the world accurately and without bias. But this trust will endure only if the scientific community devotes itself to exemplifying and transmitting the values associated with ethical scientific conduct. "On Being a Scientist" was designed to supplement the informal lessons in ethics provided by research supervisors and mentors. The book describes the ethical foundations of scientific practices and some of the personal and professional issues that researchers encounter in their work. It applies to all forms of research--whether in academic, industrial, or governmental settings-and to all scientific disciplines. This third edition of "On Being a Scientist" reflects developments since the publication of the original edition in 1989 and a second edition in 1995. A continuing feature of this edition is the inclusion of a number of hypothetical scenarios offering guidance in thinking about and discussing these scenarios. "On Being a Scientist" is aimed primarily at graduate students and beginning researchers, but its lessons apply to all scientists at all stages of their scientific careers.
Publication Date: 2009-04-24
Research Methodology by Peter PruzanThisbook is an in-depth guide to effective scientific research. Ranging from thephilosophical to the practical, it explains at the outset what science can -and can't - achieve, and discusses its relationship to mathematics and laws. Theauthor then pays extensive attention to the scientific method, including experimentaldesign, verification, uncertainty and statistics. A major aim of the book is tohelp young scientists reflect upon the deeper aims of their work and make the best use of theirtalents in contributing to progress. To this end, it also includes sections onplanning research, on presenting one's findings in writing, as well as onethics and the responsibilities of scientists.
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