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TaintedHow Philosophy of Science Can Expose Bad Science$
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199396412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.001.0001

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Conjectures and Conflict

Conjectures and Conflict

A Thought Experiment in Physics

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(p.69) Chapter 6 Conjectures and Conflict
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Tainted
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Kristin Shrader-Frechette

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199396412.003.0006

The chapter evaluates the heuristic strategy of using a thought experiment in physics to develop hypotheses in physics—about the shape of the radiation dose-response curve. It shows that deductively valid sets of conjectures, not merely generalizations from data, help clarify scientific hypotheses.

Keywords:   dose-response, physics, radiation, thought experiment

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