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The Laws of Scientific Change

Authors: Barseghyan, Hakob

  • Shows how science works and how its theories and methods change
  • Is the first to build a general theory on scientific change of both theories and methods
  • Clarifies the distinctive pattern behind seemingly disparate historical episodes
  • Explains a myriad of aspects of the history of science
  • Poses many interesting questions for future research
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About this Textbook

This book systematically creates a general descriptive theory of scientific change that explains the mechanics of changes in both scientific theories and the methods of their assessment. It was once believed that, while scientific theories change through time, their change itself is governed by a fixed method of science. Nowadays we know that there is no such thing as an unchangeable method of science; the criteria employed by scientists in theory evaluation also change through time. But if that is so, how and why do theories and methods change? Are there any general laws that govern this process, or is the choice of theories and methods completely arbitrary and random?

Contrary to the widespread opinion, the book argues that scientific change is indeed a law-governed process and that there can be a general descriptive theory of scientific change. It does so by first presenting meta-theoretical issues, divided into chapters on the scope, possibility and assessment of theory of scientific change. It then builds a theory about the general laws that govern the process of scientific change, and goes into detail about the axioms and theorems of the theory.

About the authors

Hakob Barseghyan is professor of the history and philosophy of science at the University of Toronto. Hakob laid the foundations of the general descriptive theory of scientific change

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-17596-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $59.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-17595-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-36786-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Laws of Scientific Change
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-17596-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-17596-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-17595-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-36786-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 275
Number of Illustrations
60 b/w illustrations, 63 illustrations in colour
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