Lecture 1 SPS 11 held

Lecture 1 SPS 11 held - 1/25/2011 Thescientificmethod

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1/25/2011 1 Th Si t i f i Mthd The Scientific Method 1 The scientific method Scientific facts and everyday facts. Is the a different realm or is it just an extension of our everyday world? Not science, but people tell us about the world. They are stakeholders and members or Western culture. Can’t compare religious dogma and science? Cant compare religious dogma and science? Also dogma has a method. Scientists are always arguing. But does methodical strictures mean that there are no open problems? Question of finality? Real truth or trial and error. Even the skeptic is an empiricist, it seems. But how to reach justified knowledge? 2 The scientific revolution late 16 th and early 17 th century Accurate and precise predictions of physical systems. New technology: microscope and telescope. A major breakthrough were direct observations, e.g. of Venus’s phases. To squeeze our precise numbers from Newton needed a while, until mathematics could follow up. (Laplace) Verification of basic parameters of solar system. 3 The Aristotelian world view (in anachronistic form) Earth and Heavens were completely different.
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course PHIL 214 taught by Professor Mr.stoeltzner during the Spring '11 term at South Carolina.

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Lecture 1 SPS 11 held - 1/25/2011 Thescientificmethod

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