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The Art of Scientific Investigation

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In The Art of Scientific Investigation, originally published in 1950, W.I.B. Beveridge explores the development of the intuitive side in scientists. The author's object is to show how the minds of humans can best be harnessed to the processes of scientific discovery. This book therefore centers on the "human factor"; the individual scientist. The book reveals the basic pri ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Blackburn Press (first published April 12th 1960)
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I finished this book just this Monday, the same book I mentioned from last Wednesday’s post. First, I’ll start with an introduction and general outline of the book’s chapters, then noting its weak points where they exist, and finally, infer a conclusion of the overall quality of the book including my recommendations of its strong points.

This book is a reprint of the 1957 revised edition, which like the first, was written by William Ian Beardmore Beveridge, a professor of animal pathology at Camb
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beveridge is a limpid writer and clear thinker. As a tech entrepreneur this book is a wonderful exposition of Scientific thought, method, and personality that is intangibly valuable to me because of its maturity; a maturity that tech entrepreneurs lack in general practices shared with the professional scientist.
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a good analysis about different issues which are present in some problem which requires some creative aptitude to resolve it. Very recommended to anybody who has curiosity to explain what happen around him or her. It contains a lot of recommendations and stories (mainly about big science personalities) which exemplifies all issues treated.
Leslie Ann
3. 5 stars. Beveridge's book describes the contribution of and interaction between the following factors in scientific research: hypothesis, reason, experimentation, observation, chance, and intuition. The language is crystal clear, and the anecdotes are relevant and are told with the appropriate amount of detail. The chapters, however, are not always cohesive. In addition, as one who has already been trained in scientific research, I wonder how much a novice researcher can really gain from this ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Highly recommended for anybody in research. Timeless commentary on the metaskills that govern research productivity.
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