Science in a Complex Environment
Space physics is the application of physical concepts to a complex and highly variable system of environments: the Sun, the interplanetary medium, the planets, and the interactions between them. Space physics is therefore different from laboratory physics — it asks different questions, uses other methods, and builds models on a different basis. In other words, space physics has a different view of a physical system from that which laboratory physics has. This last chapter is not meant as a comprehensive overview of scientific methodology or philosophy. Instead, it just gives hints about some of the methods of space physics which might be worth to be evaluated a little bit further. Thus this chapter is meant to help one think about the facts of space physics as presented in the other chapters, as well as to think about thinking.
KeywordsSolar Wind Space Physic Sunspot Number Complex Environment Solar Energetic Particle
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