publication . Preprint . 2006

On the Nature of Science

Jennings, B. K.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 26 Jul 2006
A 21st century view of the nature of science is presented. It attempts to show how a consistent description of science and scientific progress can be given. Science advances through a sequence of models with progressively greater predictive power. The philosophical and metaphysical implications of the models change in unpredictable ways as the predictive power increases. The view of science arrived at is one based on instrumentalism. Philosophical realism can only be recovered by a subtle use of Occam's razor. Error control is seen to be essential to scientific progress. The nature of the difference between science and religion is explored.
free text keywords: Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics, Physics - Popular Physics, Physics - Physics and Society
Funded by
  • Funder: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Download from
37 references, page 1 of 3

2.) A pilgrimage to Popper, Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker 2002-04-01, atlarge

5.) Conjectures and Refutations; The Growth of Scientific Knowledge, Karl Popper, Routledge and Kegan Paul, (London) 1963

6.) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas S. Kuhn, University Of Chicago Press; 3rd edition (December 15, 1996)

7.) Origin of Continents and Oceans, Alfred Lothar Wegener, Dover Publications (1966); This work was first published in 1915 in German.

8.) The American Heritage Dictionary of English Language, Third Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company.(Boston) 1992

9.) In the United States District Court for the Middle District Of Pennsylvania, TAMMY KITZMILLER, et al. v. Dover Area School District; et al, Answer, Point 13.

10.) S. Okubo, Phys.Lett. B5 (1963) 165; G. Zweig, CERN Report No.8419/TH412 (1964); I. Iizuka, Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl. 3738 (1966) 21.

11.) The New Testament and the People of God, N.T. Wright, SPCK (London) 1992

12.) Personal Knowledge : Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy. Michael Polanyi, University Of Chicago Press (August 15, 1974)

15.) A. Einstein, B. Podolsky, and N. Rosen, Phys. Rev. 47, 777-780, 1935.

16.) As quoted in “The philosophy of Niels Bohr” by Aage Petersen, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (September 1963)

17.) A.A. Michelson and E.W. Morley, The American Journal of Science, 134 (1887) 333.

19.) A. Brillet and J. L. Hall, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 549 (1979); D. Hils and J.L. Hall, Phys. Rev. Lett. 64, 1697 (1990).

21.) Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge, Paul K Feyerabend, Humanities Press (1975)

22.) M. Ashmore, Social Studies of Science, 23 (1993), 67.

37 references, page 1 of 3
Powered by OpenAIRE Research Graph
Any information missing or wrong?Report an Issue