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Understanding Inconsistent Science
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Understanding Inconsistent Science

Peter Vickers


If somebody provides you with contradictory information, that information is usually useless. But in recent years philosophers of science have increasingly urged that many scientific theories are extremely useful despite being internally inconsistent, or self-contradictory. This book investigates eight pertinent cases from the history of science: Bohr’s theory of the atom, classical electrodynamics, Newtonian cosmology, the early calculus, the Aristotelian theory of motion, Olbers’ paradox of the night sky, classical theories of the electron, and Kirchhoff’s theory of diffraction. First and fo ... More

Keywords: Inconsistency, contradiction, scientific theories, case studies, history of science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199692026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199692026.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Vickers, author
Durham University

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