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The Thermophysical Properties of Metallic LiquidsVolume 2 — Predictive Models$

Takamichi Iida and Roderick I. L. Guthrie

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729846.001.0001

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(p.571) Appendix 8 Occam’s Razor (or Ockham’s Razor)

(p.571) Appendix 8 Occam’s Razor (or Ockham’s Razor)

The Thermophysical Properties of Metallic Liquids
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Occam’s razor states that ‘entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity’, ‘given two equally predictive theories, choose the simplest’, or ‘of two competing theories or explanations, all other things being equal, the simpler one is to be preferred’.

Incidentally, a quote attributed to Einstein states that ‘theories should be as simple as possible, but no simpler’. (p.572)