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Defense of the Scientific Hypothesis: From Reproducibility Crisis to Big Data

Bradley E. Alger


This book explains and defends the scientific hypothesis. Explanation is needed to counteract the misinformation and misunderstanding about the hypothesis that even scientists have concerning its nature and place in the tapestry of modern science. A survey revealed that most biological scientists receive little or no formal training in scientific thinking. Defense is needed because the hypothesis is under attack by critics who claim it is irrelevant to science. Defense is important, too, because the hypothesis is perhaps the major element in scientific thinking, and familiarity with it is nece ... More

Keywords: scientific reasoning, critical thinking, Karl Popper, statistical hypothesis, hypothesis-driven science, curiosity-driven science, discovery science, philosophy of science, science education, science policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190881481
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190881481.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradley E. Alger, author
Professor Emeritus, Department of Physiology, Program in Neuroscience, University of Maryland School of Medicine