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Methodological imperfection and formalizations of scientific activity


Any mathematical formalization of scientific activity allows for imperfections in the methodology that is formalized. These can be of three types, “dirty,” “rotten,” and “dammed.” Restricting mathematical attention to those methods that cannot be construed to be imperfect drastically reduces the class of objects that must be analyzed, and relates all other objects to these more regular ones. Examples are drawn from empirical logic.

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Svetlichny, G. Methodological imperfection and formalizations of scientific activity. Int J Theor Phys 26, 221–238 (1987).

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  • Field Theory
  • Elementary Particle
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Mathematical Formalization
  • Scientific Activity