© 1981

On Scientific Discovery

The Erice Lectures 1977

  • Mirko Drazen Grmek
  • Robert S. Cohen
  • Guido Cimino

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Mirko Drazen Grmek, Robert S. Cohen, Guido Cimino
      Pages 1-6
  3. General Problems

  4. Case Studies

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 323-336

About this book


The 1977 lectures of the International School for the History of Science at Erice in Sicily were devoted to that vexing but inexorable problem, the nature of scientific discovery. With all that has been written, by scientists themselves, by historians and philosophers and social theorists, by psycholo­ gists and psychiatrists, by logicians and novelists, the problem remains elusive. Happily we are able to bring the penetrating lectures from Erice that summer to a wider audience in this volume of theoretical investigations and detailed case studies. The ancient and lovely town of Erice in Northwest Sicily, 750 m above the sea, was famous throughout the Mediterranean for its temple of the goddess of nature, Venus Erycina, said to have been built by Daedalus. As philosophers and historians of the natural sciences, we hope that the stimulating atmo­ sphere of Erice will to some extent be transmitted by these pages. We are especially grateful to that generous and humane physician and historian of science, Dr. Vincenzo Cappelletti, himself a creative scientist, for his collaboration in bringing this work to completion. We admire his intelligent devotion to fostering creative interaction between scientists and historians of science as Director of the School of History of Science within the great Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture at Erice, as well as for his imaginative leadership of the Istituto della Encic10pedia Italiana.


Karl R. Popper historian of science history of science science scientific discovery theory of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Mirko Drazen Grmek
    • 1
  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 2
  • Guido Cimino
    • 3
  1. 1.Ecole des Hautes Etudes, SorbonneFrance
  2. 2.Boston UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Istituto della Enciclopedia ItalianaRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title On Scientific Discovery
  • Book Subtitle The Erice Lectures 1977
  • Editors Mirko Drazen Grmek
    Robert S. Cohen
    Guido Cimino
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-1122-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-277-1123-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-1284-3
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 336
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
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