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Scientist at Work

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This blog reports on the daily progress of scientific expeditions — adventures, misadventures, discoveries.

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Science Podcasts

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Library Services for Science Students

Library Services for Science Students


Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University offers one stop shopping for students.  Whether students need help with researching a topic, writing a paper, or finding a book, ISU Library is The Campus Living Room. Effective services to distance education students is a priority of the ISU Library.

The library promotes the educational and research missions of ISU by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery, creativity, and the exchange of ideas. The library collections include more than two million items. The library catalog facilitates access to over 3000 electronic books and over 10,000 electronic government documents. Preference is given to collecting journals and periodicals in an online format. The library provides access to over 230 databases that include journals, magazines, newspapers, electronic books, and other sources.

Science Literature

The literature and resources of the science disciplines are heavily structured around the scientific method. Because science knowledge is based on experimentation and observation, publications of original research are very important. The examination of existing theories and the evaluation of their supporting evidence is very important in the development of new questions to ask and new experiments to perform.

The publication of research helps distribute ideas and theories to other scientists. The distribution encourages discussion of the ideas therein. The discussion generates new ideas for further research or consideration. The entire process adds to our knowledge of the world.



    Feynman: What is Science?

    In general, we look for a new law by the following process. First we guess it. (Don't laugh. That's the truth.) Then we compute the consequences of the guess to see what--if this is right, if this law that we guessed is right--to see what it would imply. And then we compare those computation results to nature--or we say compare to experiment or experience--compare it directly with observation to see if it works. 

    If it disagrees with experiment, it's wrong.

    In that simple statement is the key to science. It does not make any difference how beautiful your guess is. It does not make any difference how smart you are, who made the guess, or what his name is – if it disagrees with experiment, it is wrong.That's all there is to it.”

    Project Tuva  presents science videos whose copyright is owned by Bill Gates, including the Messenger Lectures. This video is from Lecture 7: Seeking New Laws > Chapter 6: How to Look for New Laws. (16:47-18:33)

    Feynman, Cornell 1964, “The Character of Physical Law”, Messenger Lectures, grabadas BBC

    Richard P. Feynman, Nobel Prize in Physics 1965


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