Science-The Search for Understanding

  • Martin Goldstein
  • Inge Goldstein


In the first chapter, we described science as consisting of three essential elements:
  1. 1.

    It is a search for understanding

  2. 2.

    by means of laws or principles of the greatest generality

  3. 3.

    which are capable of experimental test.


In this and the next few chapters we will discuss each of these elements in detail.


Element Carbon Hydrogen Chloride Religious Experience Scarlet Fever Erroneous Belief 
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Reference Notes

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    Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1954). Copyright 1902, 1903, 1905 by Helen Keller. Reprinted by permission of Doubleday & Company, Inc.Google Scholar
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    Quoted in Alexander Findlay, A Hundred Years of Chemistry, 3rd ed., ed. Trevor I. Williams (New York: Humanities Press, 1965).Google Scholar
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    Johannes Kepler, Harmonice Mundi (Harmony of the World). Quoted in Robert K. Merton, “Behavior Patterns of Scientists,” American Scholar 38 (1969): 197.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Quoted in William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Modern Library Edition, Random House, New York, Undated. From a biography of Edwards by S. E. Dwight, published in 1830.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    William James, The Will to Believe, and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy (New York: Dover, 1956).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Goldstein
    • 1
  • Inge Goldstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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