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Thinker's Guide to Scientific Thinking

The Thinker's Guide to Scientific Thinking by Richard Paul and Linda Elder is an interesting but flawed little booklet that combines elements of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The Good

Parts of the discussion are focused and to the point:

The Bad

Many sections are disorganized, misleading, or wrong:

As William Thompson (Lord Kelvin) famously said:

When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the state of science."

The Ugly

Many areas could be improved:

(cf. BadArithmetic (2004-02-24), ...) - ^z - 2010-09-01