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Evidence and method : scientific strategies of Isaac Newton and James Clerk Maxwell

Author: Peter Achinstein
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What is meant by scientific evidence, and how can a definition of this concept be applied in the sciences to determine whether observed facts constitute evidence that a given theory is true? In this book, philosopher Peter Achinstein proposes and defends several objective concepts of evidence through an examination of the methodologies of Isaac Newton and 19th century theoretical physicist James Clerk Maxwell.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Isaac Newton; James Clerk Maxwell; James Clerk Maxwell; Isaac Newton; Isaac Newton; James Clerk Maxwell
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Achinstein
ISBN: 9780199921850 0199921857
OCLC Number: 818464481
Description: xv, 177 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: A problem about evidence --
Newton's rules --
Newtonian extensions, a rival, justifying induction, and evidence --
What to do if you cannot establish a theory : Maxwell's three methods.
Responsibility: Peter Achinstein.

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What is meant by scientific evidence, and how can a definition of this concept be applied in the sciences to determine whether observed facts constitute evidence that a given theory is true? In this book, philosopher Peter Achinstein proposes and defends several objective concepts of evidence through an examination of the methodologies of Isaac Newton and 19th century theoretical physicist James Clerk Maxwell.

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a significant contribution to what philosophers of science can learn from the methodologies of Newton and Maxwell. * William L. Harper, Metascience * [T]he renowned philosopher of science Peter Read more...

 
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