Logic of Scientific Discovery / Edition 2

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Described by the philosopher A.J. Ayer as a work of 'great originality and power', this book revolutionized contemporary thinking on science and knowledge. Ideas such as the now legendary doctrine of
'falsificationism' electrified the scientific community, influencing even working scientists, as well as post-war philosophy. This astonishing work ranks alongside The Open Society and Its Enemies as one of Popper's most enduring books and contains insights and arguments that demand to be read to this day.
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'One of the most important documents of the twentieth century.'Peter Medawar, New Scientist
Naomi Bliven
Wonderfully exhilarating.
Richard Wollheim
One of the most important philosophical works of our century.
Peter Medawar
One of the most important documents of the twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415278447
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: 15TH
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 218,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Translators' Note
Preface to the First Edition, 1934
Preface to the First English Edition, 1959
Pt. I Introduction to the Logic of Science
1 A Survey of Some Fundamental Problems 3
2 On the Problem of a Theory of Scientific Method 27
Pt. II Some Structural Components of a Theory of Experience
3 Theories 37
4 Falsifiability 57
5 The Problem of the Empirical Basis 74
6 Degrees of Testability 95
7 Simplicity 121
8 Probability 133
9 Some Observations on Quantum Theory 209
10 Corroboration, or How a Theory Stands up to Tests 248
App. i Definition of the Dimension of a Theory 283
App. ii The General Calculus of Frequency in Finite Classes 286
App. iii Derivation of the First Form of the Binomial Formula 290
App. iv A Method of Constructing Models of Random Sequences 293
App. v Examination of an Objection. The Two-Slit Experiment 297
App. vi Concerning a Non-Predictive Procedure of Measuring 301
App. vii Remarks Concerning an Imaginary Experiment 305
New Appendices
i Two Notes on Induction and Demarcation, 1933-1934 312
ii A Note on Probability, 1938 319
iii On the Heuristic Use of the Classical Definition of Probability 325
iv The Formal Theory of Probability 329
v Derivations in the Formal Theory of Probability 356
vi On Objective Disorder or Randomness 369
vii Zero Probability and the Fine-Structure of Probability and of Content 374
viii Content, Simplicity, and Dimension 392
ix Corroboration, the Weight of Evidence, and Statistical Tests 402
x Universals, Dispositions, and Natural or Physical Necessity 440
xi On the Use and Misuse of Imaginary Experiments, Especially in Quantum Theory 464
xii The Experiment of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen. A Letter from Albert Einstein, 1935 481
Name Index 489
Subject Index 494
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