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How was Nicholson’s highly inconsistent atomic theory able to yield explanatory as well as predictive success?

Scerri, Eric (2021) How was Nicholson’s highly inconsistent atomic theory able to yield explanatory as well as predictive success? Contemporary Scientific Realism: The Challenge from the History of Science.

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The chapter examines Nicholson's atomic theory which was 'wrong' in almost every respect and yet highly successful in it's time. I also examine what this kind of episode can bring to the debate concerning realism.


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Scerri, Eric
Keywords: atomic physics, Nicholson, prediction, evolutionary epistemology, Bohr
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Depositing User: Eric Scerri
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2022 13:06
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 13:06
Item ID: 20557
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Scientific Realism: The Challenge from the History of Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Chemistry
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/20557

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