Elements of Scientific Inquiry

Elements of Scientific Inquiry

by Eric Martin, Daniel N. Osherson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262513811

ISBN-13: 9780262513814

Pub. Date: 08/13/2009

Publisher: MIT Press

One influential view of science focuses on the credibility that scientists attach to alternative theories and on the evolution of these credibilities under the impact of data. Interpreting credibility as probability leads to the Bayesian analysis of inquiry, which has helped us to understand diverse aspects of scientific practice. Eric Martin and Daniel N. Osherson

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One influential view of science focuses on the credibility that scientists attach to alternative theories and on the evolution of these credibilities under the impact of data. Interpreting credibility as probability leads to the Bayesian analysis of inquiry, which has helped us to understand diverse aspects of scientific practice. Eric Martin and Daniel N. Osherson take as their starting point a different set of intuitions about the variables to be retained in a model of inquiry. They present a theory of inductive logic that is built from the tools of logic and model theory. Their aim is to extend the mathematics of Formal Learning Theory to a more general setting and to provide a more accurate image of empirical inquiry. In particular, their theory integrates recent ideas in the theory of rational belief change. The formal results of their study illuminate aspects of scientific inquiry that are not covered by the Bayesian approach.Exercises appear throughout the text; solutions are provided in an appendix.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262513814
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
08/13/2009
Series:
Bradford Bks.
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2A Numerical Paradigm17
3A First-Order Framework for Inquiry61
4Inquiry via Belief Revision129
A: Solutions to Exercises for Chapter 1183
B: Solutions to Exercises for Chapter 2189
C: Solutions to Exercises for Chapter 3227
D: Solutions to Exercises for Chapter 4243
References259
Symbol Index265
Index267

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