Peter Vickers: Understanding Inconsistent Science
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Cases of apparent inconsistency in science have often been cited and discussed by philosophers of science. Widely discussed examples include Bohr’s model of the hydrogen atom and old quantum theory more generally, classical (Newtonian) cosmology, classical electrodynamics and the early calculus. In Understanding Inconsistent Science, Peter Vickers examines these examples and a few more, while arguing for the rather deflating conclusion that none of them qualifies as a real case of inconsistency in science. Vickers’ treatment of the examples is detailed and well-referenced, while also being admirably accessible, even for an audience that lacks a full grasp of the science and mathematics involved.
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KeywordsParaconsistent Logic Inconsistent Theory Lottery Paradox Fair Lottery Doxastic Commitment
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