Scientific Theoretical Inquiry
25 – 31 August 2018
As we have said before, scientific inquiry has two components, the observational and the theoretical. LTs 2 and 3 looked in some detail at observational inquiry. In LT4, we looked at classification in scientific and mathematical inquiries. LTs 5 and 6 were concerned with mathematical inquiry, with focus on theory construction in mathematics, and the tools of defining and reasoning. LT 7 explores theoretical inquiry in science. The readings in this LT are concerned with constructing, justifying, and evaluating scientific theories that explain our observational generalizations.
Part 1 [on LT7-Reading A]
The LT 7 - Reading A: “Explaining” is Chapter 7 of the book Introduction to Rational Inquiry.
Read the chapter. Reflect on what it says about explanations in scientific inquiry. In engaging with the reading, keep in mind the following questions:
- How do all the tools of inquiry we have seen so far come together to contribute to ‘explanations’ in scientific inquiry?
- Are there parts that you think we need to clarify further?
Make a note of your thoughts and questions.
Part II [LT7-Readings B1 and B2]
Instead of a video to watch, LT7 comes with two Readings under Part II.
Reflect on the following question, and discuss your thoughts with others:
How are Readings B1 and B2 related to Reading A, and to theory construction in Mathematics that we have seen in LTs 5 and 6?