Despite its technical sophistication, scientific research often has flaws in procedure, logic, and language that ultimately undermine its value. In Essentials of Scientific Research, Devon D. Brewer covers indispensable principles and practices for conducting sound scientific research that are rarely taught or mentioned in textbooks. These frequently overlooked principles and practices are based on common sense and logic.
In this book, he focuses on four aspects of doing scientific research:
- steps and procedures common to all fields,
- communicating research,
- working and interacting with others in scientific settings, and
- intellectual and ethical matters.
Brewer uses observations from scientists and philosophers throughout history to highlight the timeless nature of the Essentials. Drawing on his own and others' experiences, he gives practical advice on how to do scientific research well. This book is a reliable reference to consult again and again in negotiating the challenges of research.