Critical Appraisal of Physical Science as a Human Enterprise

Dynamics of Scientific Progress

  • Mansoor Niaz

Part of the Science & Technology Education Library book series (CTISE, volume 36)

About this book


The objective of this book is to reconstruct historical episodes and experiments that have been important in scientific progress, and to explore the role played by controversies and rivalries among scientists. Although progress in science has been replete with controversies, scientists themselves either ignore or simply downplay their role. Such presentations lack the appreciation of the dynamics of ‘science-in-the-making’. This book provides methodological guidelines - based on a historical perspective of philosophy of science- that facilitate an understanding of historical episodes beyond that of inductive generalizations. These guidelines suggest that progress in science is not merely based on the accumulation of experimental data, but rather dependent on the creative imagination of the scientific community. This work shows that interpretation of experimental data is difficult and inevitably leads to alternative models/theories thus facilitating the understanding of science as a human enterprise.


alternative interpretations of data dynamics of scientific progress historical reconstructions philosophy of science quantum mechanics role of controversies and rivalries science science as a human entreprise scientific progress

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  • Mansoor Niaz
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  1. 1.Epistemology of Science Group, Department of ChemistryUniversidad de OrienteCumanáVenezuela

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