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Are there Definitively Falsifying Procedures in Science?

  • Jan Such
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 68)

Abstract

The point of departure for the present discussion is the fact, well documented by the history of science, especially of physics, that certain scientific theories are rejected — and, in addition, that they are rejected finally, definitively, once for all — on the basis of falsification in the strict sense of the words. At times, the same holds for the theories which had formerly been considered well confirmed experimentally and which have found — and still find — numerous applications, both theoretical and practical. An example of a theory falsified beyond any doubt is classical Newtonian mechanics.

Keywords

Initial Assumption Complementary Experiment Theoretical System Logical Simplicity Dynamic Simplicity 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1982

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  • Jan Such

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