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Induction, simplicity and scientific progress

Maxwell, N; (1979) Induction, simplicity and scientific progress. Scientia , 114 629 - 653.

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Abstract

In a recent work, Popper claims to have solved the problem of induction. In this paper I argue that Popper fails both to solve the problem, and to formulate the problem properly. I argue, however, that there are aspects of Popper's approach which, when strengthened and developed, do provide a solution to at least an important part of the problem of induction, along somewhat Popperian lines. This proposed solution requires, and leads to, a new theory of the role of simplicity in science, which may well have helpful implications for science itself, thus actually stimulating scientific progress.

Type: Article
Title: Induction, simplicity and scientific progress
Location: Italy
Language: English
Keywords: problem of induction, Karl Popper, simplicity in science, metaphysical assumptions of science, scientific progress, proposed solution to the problem of induction
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Science and Technology Studies
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1348874
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