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Duhem was also a historian of science , noted for his work on the European Middle Ages which is regarded as having created the field of the history of medieval science. Among scientists, Duhem is best known today for his work on chemical thermodynamics , and in particular for the Gibbs—Duhem and Duhem—Margules equations. His approach was strongly influenced by the early works of Josiah Willard Gibbs , which Duhem effectively explicated and promoted among French scientists.
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- History of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science - Hickey 2005
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Pierre Duhem — was a French physicist and historian and philosopher of science. In philosophy of science, he is best known for his work on the relation between theory and experiment, arguing that hypotheses are not straightforwardly refuted by experiment and that there are no crucial experiments in science. In history of science, he produced massive groundbreaking work in medieval science and defended a thesis of continuity between medieval and early modern science. His father, Pierre-Joseph Duhem, was of Flemish origin, the oldest child of a large family who lived in the French northern industrial city of Roubaix, near the Belgian border. After the death of his parents, Pierre-Joseph was forced to discontinue his studies with the Jesuits in order to provide for the family.
Any number of physical theories being false does not prove one specific other being true [p. Claiming that one statement is strictly true if another is strictly true — the usual procedure of pure mathematics — is quite useless in physics, as no premise is actually strictly true in practice. You can write a book review and share your experiences. Newton's claims in this regard had already been attacked by critical proof-analyses of the German logician Leibniz and then most famously by Immanuel Kant, following Hume's logical critique of induction. The work remains intensely alive in a climate of opinion in which strong skepticism about scientific realism is motivated by social and political considerations that could scarcely be more at variance with Duhem's ultra-Catholic conservatism. Rather, one must build deductions in such a way that the conclusion remains approximately true whenever the premises are approximately true, which is the best physics can offer [p. Find books An Experiment in Physics Can Never Condemn an Isolated Hypothesis but Only a Whole Theoretical Group The physicist who carries out an experiment, or gives a report of one, implicitly recognizes the Steady scientific progress builds on observation and experimentation, while attempts at universal explanations are routinely discarded by later generations.
History of Twentieth-Century Philosophy of Science - Hickey 2005
Can Theories be Refuted? The sole purpose of physical theory is to provide a representation and classification of experimental laws; the only test permitting us to judge a physical theory and pronounce it good or bad is the comparison between the consequences of this theory and the experimental laws it has to represent and classify. Now that we have minutely analyzed the characteristics of a physical experiment and of a physical law, we can establish the principles that should govern the comparison between experiment and theory; we can tell how we shall recognize whether a theory is confirmed or weakened by facts. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content.
Physical Theory and Experiment
Duhem was also a historian of science, noted for his work on the European Middle Ages which is regarded as having created the field of the history of medieval science. Among scientists, Duhem is best known today for his work on chemical thermodynamics , and in particular for the Gibbs—Duhem and Duhem—Margules equations. His approach was strongly influenced by the early works of Josiah Willard Gibbs , which Duhem effectively explicated and promoted among French scientists.
In this paper, we will explore the history of thought experiments, from the birth of philosophy to the beginning of the contemporary discussion. In the first section, we will explore the possible connection between the emergence of philosophy and thought experiments, analyzing whether cases presented by the first philosophers are thought experiments and whether they had any term for thought experiments. Katerina Ierodiakonou explores the possibility that the Greeks have some term to describe thought experimentation.
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