Invention vs. Discovery A Critical Discussion

  • Carlotta Piscopo
  • Mauro Birattari
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2534)


The paper proposes an epistemological analysis of the dichotomy discovery/invention. In particular, we argue in favor of the idea that science does not discover facts by induction but rather invents theories that are then checked against experience.


Newtonian Mechanic Inventionist Position Modus Tollens Theory Ques Computational Exploration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlotta Piscopo
    • 1
  • Mauro Birattari
    • 1
  1. 1.IRIDIAUniversité Libre de BruxellesBrusselsBelgium

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