More recently, recognition that reasoning in science is probabilistic generated intense debate about whether and how A Historical and Philosophical Introduction. The central theme running throughout this outstanding new survey is the nature of the philosophical debate created by modern science's foundation in experimental and mathematical method. More recently, recognition that reasoning in science is probabilistic generated intense debate about whether and how it should be constrained so as to ensure the practical certainty of the conclusions drawn.
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These debates brought to light issues of a philosophical nature which form the core of many scientific controversies today. The central theme running throughout this survey is the nature of the philosophical debate created by modern science's foundation in experimental and mathematical method. Key chapters critically discuss: Galileo's demonstrative method; Bacon's inductive method; and Newton's rules of reasoning; the rise of probabilistic Bayesian methods in the 18th-century; the method of hypotheses through the work of Herschel, Mill and Whewell; the conventionalist views of Poincare and Suhem; the inductivism of Peirce, Russell and Keynes; Popper's falsification compared with Reichenbach's enumerative induction; and Carnap's scientific method as Bayesian reasoning.
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The results, conclusions and claims of science are often taken to be reliable because they arise from the use of a distinctive method. Yet today, there is widespread skepticism as to whether we can validly talk of method in modern science. This outstanding survey explains how this controversy has developed since the 17th century, and explores its philosophical basis.
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The Bernoullis and Thomas Bayes: Probability and Scientific Method 6. Henri Poincare and Pierre Duhem: Conventions and Scientific Reasoning 8.
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