My Review of ‘The Why of Things’ by Peter Rabins

5/5 stars!


I received this copy from NetGalley for an honest review. I had meant to add this review earlier, but life has a way of derailing sometimes.

Well-researched and well-written, The Why of Things explains the history of the scientific method–inductive thinking to deductive thinking–critical thinking. Being in the medical field, I found it especially interesting to learn the origin of medical diagnostic thinking–Dr. Thomas Sydenham in the 1600s, and discuss the limitations of such thinking since each infection event and each patient has unique variables that will influence the end result.

Part of the importance of causality is in identifying any unique limitations. This is a large part of what the book teaches, talking about causality versus probability and the various methods in which to reach conclusions.

I really enjoyed how the author mixed science, the history of said science, and how to think/use science appropriately to determine outcomes as accurately as possible. It’s written in a style that’s not too thick in terminology for those familiar with scientific journals. It’s smoothly written and very readable. However, an average layperson, unfamiliar with advanced concepts of science, medical, and certain maths, may find it ‘heavy’ reading and prefer to digest in a small sections.

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