Science-The Goal of Generality

  • Martin Goldstein
  • Inge Goldstein


The second important criterion of a scientific theory is its generality. To put it simply, the more it can explain, the better.


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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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