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Understanding scientific study via process modeling

Luk, Robert (2010) Understanding scientific study via process modeling. Foundations of Science, 15 (1). pp. 49-78. ISSN 1233-1821

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This paper argues that scientific studies distinguish themselves from other studies by a combination of their processes, their (knowledge) elements and the roles of these elements. This is supported by constructing a process model. An illustrative example based on Newtonian mechanics shows how scientific knowledge is structured
according to the process model. To distinguish scientific studies from research and scientific research, two additional process models are built for such processes. We apply these process models: (1) to argue that scientific progress should emphasize both the process of change and the content of change; (2) to chart the major stages of scientific study development; and (3) to define “science”.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Luk, Robertcsrluk@comp.polyu.edu.hk
Keywords: Philosophy of Science, Knowledge Management, Process Model, Data Flow Diagram, Methodology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Depositing User: Dr Robert Luk
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 14:26
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 14:26
Item ID: 11603
Journal or Publication Title: Foundations of Science
Publisher: Springer
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10699-...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10699-009-9168-9
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computer Science
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Structure of Theories
Date: February 2010
Page Range: pp. 49-78
Volume: 15
Number: 1
ISSN: 1233-1821
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11603

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