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Inconsistent Reasoning Toward Consistent Theories

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Part of the Origins book series (ORIN, volume 2)

Abstract

One of the most fascinating aspects of scientific creativity is how consistent theories can sometimes emerge from inconsistent premises or inappropriate data. Using cases from the history of science I will explore this process and try to draw some general lessons concerning how science is done and, more particularly, about the concept of scientific progress.

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Coriolis Force Scientific Progress Consistent Theory Light Quantum Scientific Creativity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science & Technology StudiesUniversity College LonsonUK

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