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Eureka!: The Rhetoric of the Scientist

PWR 2JS - Fall 2014 - Instructor: Jennifer Stonaker
Last Updated: 3-Oct-2014

What does it mean to be a scientist? For many it means an older, white male who wears a lab coat, stirs foul smelling chemicals in beakers, and periodically shouts "Eureka!" Yet most practicing scientists would dismiss this description as an inaccurate stereotype. Students will explore arguments from a variety of primary and secondary source materials to provide a framework for constructing their own research-based arguments on a topic of interest. Source materials used in class will include Chamber's "Stereotypic Images of the Scientist: The Draw-A-Scientist Test," Aschwanden's rules for detecting gender bias in articles about female scientists in "The Finkbeiner Test," and essays and video clips from "scientific celebrities" such as Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson and the MythBusters.

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Books and reference sources

Selected books

New York : Wiley, c1992.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » Q175.37 .B45 1992
Athens : Ohio University Press, c2002.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » Q175.52 .U5 T54 2002
London : Profile Books, 2011.
Chemistry & ChemEng Library (Swain) » Stacks » Q175.37 .B76 2011
New York : Columbia University Press, c2007.
Green Library » Stacks » PN1995.9 .S26 P47 2007
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2011.
Green Library » Stacks » PN1995.9 .S265 K57 2011
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » RA638 .M675 2011
1st ed. New York : PublicAffairs, c2012.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » Q175.52 .U5 B47 2012
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » Q175.52 .U5 S38 1997
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving) » Stacks » Q175.52 .U5 P37 2000

Selected reference sources for biographical information

Use these sources to research biographical information on scientists or find background information on scientific topics.

[United States] : McGraw-Hill, [2000?]-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale Virtual Reference Library, c2008.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Premium collection Oxford ; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, c2002-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)

Media

Selected media

Collector's ed.; full screen Universal City, CA : Universal, c2000.
Green Library » Media & Microtext Center (Lower level) » ZDVD 3520
[Standard format], Two-disc special ed. New York : Kino International, 2010.
Green Library » Media & Microtext Center (Lower level) » ZDVD 24885

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