Science & Education

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 119–124 | Cite as

On the Hypothetico-Deductive Nature of Science—Darwin’s Finches

  • Anton E. LawsonEmail author


Allchin (2006) has misinterpreted a classic case of hypothetico-deductive (HD) science in terms of his preferred let’s-gather-some-data-and-see-what-emerges’ view. The misrepresentation concerns the research program of Peter and Rosemary Grant on Darwin’s finches. The present essay argues that the Grants’ research is HD in nature and includes a statement by Peter Grant to that effect.


Beak Size Galapagos Island Explicit Hypothesis Feeding Niche Missing Species 
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This material is based upon research partially supported by the National Science Foundation under award No. EHR 0412537. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. I wish to thank John Alcock for helpful suggestions on an earlier draft of this essay.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology, College of Liberal Arts and SciencesArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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