Scientific Observation and Perception in General [1935]

  • Ludwik Fleck
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 87)


Until quite lately the following conviction prevailed among scientists, expressed in Poincaré’s sentence: “if a research worker had infinite time at his disposal, it would suffice to tell him: Look, but look well”. Our entire knowledge would allegedly emerge out of the description of his observations of all events.


Infinite Time Scientific Observation Style Feature Microscopic Preparation Mental Readiness 
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  1. 1.
    Cf. Fleck: ‘How did the Bordet-Wassermann Reaction Arise, and How, in General, Does a Scientific Discovery Arise?’, Pol. Gaz. lek. (1934), 10/11.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Fleck: ‘Zur Krise der Wirklichkeit’. Naturwissenschaften 17, 33. [This volume ch. 2.2, pp.47–58]Google Scholar

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