How science works: challenging the stereotype of the scientific method

Chiara Rocci, chiara.rocci@bgci.org | 04/02/13 | London

How does science work? Kind of like a pinball machine, according to this video produced by the California Academy of Sciences. Check it out to find an overview of a great conceptual flow chart which explains scientific discovery as a process full of uncertainty, getting past established paradigms, creativity and communication between the scientific community.

The video illustrates the Science Understanding Science Flowchart by following the arachnologist Charles Griswold and his colleagues as they describe the process involved in an exciting new spider discovery. It provides a great example of the unexpected twists and turns of a true scientific investigation and challenges the stereotype of the ‘scientific method’.

Find it on the California Academy of Sciences website:
http://www.calacademy.org/sciencetoday/how-science-works/

Visit also http://www.understandingscience.org to access this and many other tools for teaching and learning about how science works.

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