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Scientific Methodology: A View from Early String Theory

Castellani, Elena (2018) Scientific Methodology: A View from Early String Theory. [Preprint]

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This paper addresses the question as to whether the methodology followed in building/assessing string theory can be considered scientific in the same sense, say, that the methodology followed in building/assessing the Standard Model of particle physics is scientific, by focussing on the "founding" period of the theory. More precisely, its aim is to argue for a positive answer to the above question – there is no real change of scientific status in the way of proceeding and reasoning in fundamental physical research – in the light of a historical analysis of the early developments of the string theoretical framework.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Castellani, Elenaelena.castellani@unifi.it
Keywords: Scientific methodology, theory assessment, non-empirical criteria, early string theory, extra dimensions
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Elena Castellani
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2018 14:44
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2018 14:44
Item ID: 14359
Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
Specific Sciences > Physics > Fields and Particles
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: January 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14359

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