Comets, Pollen and Dreams: Some Reflections on Scientific Explanation

  • Wesley C. Salmon
Part of the Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science book series (AUST, volume 1)


The Newtonian synthesis, which provided the basis for all of classical physics, produced far-reaching changes in our ways of looking at the world. Laplace, who made significant contributions to the development of classical physics, was one of its most eloquent champions. Like Halley, he found the Newtonian explanation of comets an inspiring example of the power and value of modern science.


Scientific Explanation Classical Physic Causal Process Statistical Explanation Functional Explanation 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wesley C. Salmon
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  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

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