The role of language in science

Abstract

It is argued that language plays an active role in the development of scientific thought. A research project is outlined which will investigate this hypothesis and, in addition, focus on such questions as the role of mathematics in science and the status of the genetic code.

“Nothing is more usual than for philosophers to encroach on the province of grammarians, and to engage in disputes of words, while they imagine they are handling controversies of the deepest importance and concern.”—David Hume.

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Ford, A., Peat, F.D. The role of language in science. Found Phys 18, 1233–1242 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01889434

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Keywords

  • Active Role
  • Genetic Code
  • Scientific Thought
  • Deep Importance