Science’s Method: the best of Mètode in one volume

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 Science’s Method gathers the articles from the monographs published in 2011: from Elective Affinities (issue 68) to Beloved Botany (issue 72). Themes, therefore, are varied: chemistry, forest fires, pain and ethnobotany.
  

The 2012 annual review of Mètode, Science’s Method, is already available. It contains the most interesting articles and interviews of the four issues of 2011 in English. You will have the chance to re-read our four monographs published in 2011— Elective Affinities, When Wildfires Burn, Pain Shows its Face and Beloved Botany— in the 2012 annual review. The issue is published in full in English and including the participacion of some of the regular contributors of Mètode, like Jorge Wagensberg or Ramon Folch.

The annual review deals with very different topics, like the chemical revolution, with Lavoisier or Étienne-François Geoffroy as some of its protagonists, in a monograph dedicated to the International Year of Chemistry, coordinated by professors Antonio García Belmar and José Ramón Bertomeu; or pain from a medical and ethical point of view, in the monograph coordinated by Francisco José Morales-Olivas, full professor of Pharmacology at the University of Valencia.

Forest fires and ethnobotany are the other main themes of the annual review. The researcher Artemi Cerdà has been in charged of the coordination of the monograph entitled When Wildfires Burn, in which Mètode encourages its readership to reflect on fire, the element that is used only by humans as a tool, and which, in urban societies, has been demonized. It gives a scientific view on a phenomenon that not only entails a natural disaster, but also a safety problem for people.

Regarding Beloved Botany, coordinated by Joan Vallés Xirau, full professor of Botany at the University of Barcelona, Mètode brings the world of ethnobotany closer to its readership. It is the science that studies the bond there is between plants and humankind, an unknown science to many altough it involves many aspects of everyday life— cuisine, agriculture and even tourism.

All of these contents are completed by an interview held with Frans de Waal, professor of Primatology at Emory University (Atlanta, USA), and the discovery of doctor Francesc Torrent- Guasp, a physicist who revolutionised traditional cardiology, by Josep Lluís Barona, professor of History of Science.

Everything comes together with the work of the artist José María Yturralde, a painter that explores the dialogue between science and art. A perfect complement for this Science’s Method, a title that can be read in two different ways, as Pedro Carrasco, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Valencia, and Martí Domínguez, Mètode’s editor-in-chief, point out: «the method of science» but also «science is method».

© Mètode 2012

 

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Science’s Method, Mètode‘s 2012 Annual Review in English, has been illustrated by the Valencian artist José María Yturralde. This full professor of painting creates a symbiosis between science and art.

© Mètode 2012