Introduction to Scientific Reasoning

This is an introductory course in philosophy of science open to students from all levels and disciplines. This course introduced students to the dynamic history of the notion of “scientific method” and the societal implications of different historical attempts at articulating what, if anything, the method is. Along with this historical venture, students gain familiarity with contemporary concepts in experimental design, automated discovery, and model selection. Throughout, we highlight the inevitability of making value judgements in every stage of scientific theorizing and technological design.