Science & Education

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 91–111

Why Respect for History – and Historical Error – Matters


DOI: 10.1007/s11191-005-8923-8

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Allchin, D. Sci Educ (2006) 15: 91. doi:10.1007/s11191-005-8923-8


This paper addersses Lawson’s puzzlement about the absence of prediction in William Harvey’s and Marcello Malpighi’s views on capillaries. In addressing the context of that enquiry, it also addresses historiographic versus philosophical models of science, contexts of discovery versus justification, normative versus descriptive interpretations of the nature of science, and the role of simple dichotomies in interpreting scientific methodology – and how all these distinctions may inform science educators.


historiography context of discovery context of justification nature of science 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Program in the History of Science and TechnologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinnesota, MinneapolisUSA

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