i wonder..., Editorial, August 2019

Ravi, Chitra (2019) i wonder..., Editorial, August 2019. i wonder.... ISSN 2582-1636

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Abstract

In a letter to his daughter on her 10th birthday, the biologist Richard Dawkins introduces science not only as a body of knowledge, but a way of knowing — one that values evidence rather than tradition, authority, or revelation. Dawkins writes: “Sometimes, evidence means actually seeing (or hearing, feeling, smelling….) that something is true…”. But, he continues: “The way scientists use evidence to learn about the world is much cleverer and more complicated...” The entities (like ‘atoms’), organising principles (like ‘evolution’), models (like the ‘Standard Model’), and methods that characterise modern science are rarely obvious enough to be discovered by individuals through their own observations of the world. Scientists construct (and re-construct) this knowledge in order to interpret, explain, and make predictions about natural phenomena. If validated and agreed on within the scientific community, it becomes part of the way scientists ‘see’ the natural world

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Ravi, Chitra
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Editorial. i wonder...
Subjects: Natural Sciences
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > i Wonder...
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/3581
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