Recipes for Science: An Introduction to Scientific Methods and Reasoning (2nd edition)

Routledge (2024)
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Scientific literacy is an essential aspect of an undergraduate education. Recipes for Science responds to this need by providing an accessible introduction to the nature of science and scientific methods appropriate for any beginning college student. The book is adaptable to a wide variety of different courses, such as introductions to scientific reasoning, methods courses in scientific disciplines, science education, and philosophy of science. Recipes for Science ​​was first published in 2018, and a thoroughly revised second edition was published in 2024. Special features include contemporary and historical case studies from many fields of physical, life, and social sciences; visual aids to clarify and illustrate ideas; text boxes to explore related topics; plenty of exercises to support student recall and application of concepts; suggestions for further readings at the end of each chapter; a glossary with helpful definitions of key terms; and a companion website with course syllabi, PowerPoint presentations, additional exercises, and original short videos on key topics.

Author Profiles

Angela Potochnik
University of Cincinnati
Matteo Colombo
Tilburg University
Cory Wright
California State University, Long Beach


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