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dc.contributor.author Runeson, Karl en_US
dc.contributor.author Skitmore, Martin en_US
dc.contributor.editor Andrew Knight & Les Ruddock en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-16T04:55:57Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-16T04:55:57Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier 2009003760 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Runeson Karl and Skitmore Martin 2008, 'Scientific Theories', in NA (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 75-85. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 978-1-4051-6110-7 en_US
dc.identifier.other B1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/11669
dc.description.abstract The aim ofthis chapter is to look briefly at theories in general, before concentrating on scientific theories - how they are used, structured, tested and verified. The research that usesthe kind of scientific theories we are concentrating on is often referred to as quantitative research but for the sake of completeness, we will also discuss theories in the so-called qualitative research. Theories are an absolutely essential part of our daily life. They help us to make sense of the enormous mass of information and perceptions we are bombarded with every day. Theories help us to recognise, identify and classify things and events, to understand, explain, relate and to make predictions. They give us context and hierarchy. In short, theories combine to make up our understanding of the world. We have theories for all purposes, theories that say that 'if you heat up a metal rod, it will expand' or 'the time required to make a decision is in inverse proportion to the money involved' or 'the earth is flat' or that 'if you sin, God will punish you' en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon NA en_US
dc.title Scientific Theories en_US
dc.parent Advanced Research Methods in the Built Environment en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 75 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 85 en_US
dc.cauo.name DAB.School of Built Environment en_US
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dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Building Construction Management and Project Planning en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition 1 en_US
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