Recommended Resources

In addition to the references for specific information and ideas in each chapter that are collected at the end of the book, I provide a few recommended readings and online resources at the end of individual chapters. These include articles and books that I found especially valuable and current web sites that deal with critical thinking and the scientific process. Some of the book s published in the 1990s and earlier are little gems, packed with insight, that deserve more attention than they've received; I promote them unabashedly.

Best, J. 2001. Damned lies and statistics: Untangling numbers from the media, politicians, and activists. University of California Press, Berkeley. Best illustrates the importance of a crit ical approach to statistics reported in the news media.

Coggon, D., G. Rose, and D. J. P. Barker. 1997. Epidemiology for the uninitiated, 4th ed. /epidem/epid.html (accessed April 3, 2003). This site, sponsored by the British Medical Journal, is a good source of basic descript ions of different ways of designing research and analyzing results of research in medicine. The general principles apply broadly to all kinds of research in biology. Herreid, C. F., and N. A. Schiller. 2003. National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. s/cases (accessed November 30, 2002). Herreid and Schiller advocate a case study approach to teaching science and prov ide many examples at this web site. Paulos, J. A. 1995. A mathematician reads the newspaper. Basic Books, New York. This is a delightful little book about a great variety of ways that mathematical ideas appear in the news media. Rensberger, B. 2000. The nature of evidence. Science 289:61. Rensberger's article was an important stimulus for writ ing this book.

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