"[Y]ou will find this book enjoyable and filled with new ideas and reminders of old approaches long forgotten or put aside. The author has done an excellent job of making what he admits is 'dreadfully dull material' into an interesting and thought-provoking read. . . . This book is not a recipe for how to do science, but presents practical advice on how scientists do their work. A significant portion of the book is devoted to describing how to do an effective job of presenting and communicating research results. . . . This book will prove helpful to practicing scientists, as well as anyone starting on the road to scientific inquiry." -- EOS
"I recommend this book as a textbook to courses in universities all over the world."--Photosynthetica
"The last chapter of the book covers perceptions and criticisms of science and presents a summary of why the scientific community is often mistrusted. ... I would urge all readers to start with this chapter because it causes the reader to
offers a rare compendium of practical advice based on how working scientists pursue their craft. It covers each stage of research, from formulating questions and gathering data to developing experiments and analyzing results and finally to the many ways for presenting results. Drawing on his extensive experience both as a researcher and a research mentor, Ivan Valiela has written a lively and concise survey of everything a beginning scientist needs to know to succeed in the field. He includes chapters on scientific data, statistical methods, and experimental designs, and much of the book is devoted to presenting final results. He gives valuable suggestions for improving scientific writing, for preparing scientific talks, and devotes three chapters to hands-on advice for presenting data in charts, tables, and graphs. Anyone beginning a scientific career, or anyone who advises students in research, will find Doing Science
an invaluable source of advice.
This text is an introduction to concepts needed in the different parts of the process of doing science. It includes topics that will help achieve clarity in the posing of scientific questions, the design of ways to answer the questions and the methods to evaluate the results and effectively communicate scientific information. It aims to be of use to the professional or student in the practice of writing papers, books or journal articles and can be applied to almost any area of science that requires presentation of data in an effective and informative way.
Über den Autor
Ivan Valiela is a professor in the Boston University Marine Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, M.A. .