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History of Science and the Material Theory of Induction: Einstein’s Quanta, Mercury’s Perihelion

Norton, John D. (2007) History of Science and the Material Theory of Induction: Einstein’s Quanta, Mercury’s Perihelion. In: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1.

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    Abstract

    The use of the material theory of induction to vindicate a scientist’s claims of evidential warrant is illustrated with the cases of Einstein’s thermodynamic argument for light quanta of 1905 and his recovery of the anomalous motion of Mercury from general relativity in 1915. In a survey of other accounts of inductive inference applied to these examples, I show that, if it is to succeed, each account must presume the same material facts as the material theory and, in addition, some general principle of inductive inference not invoked by the material theory. Hence these principles are superfluous and the material theory superior in being more parsimonious.


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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: Prepared for &HPS1: First Conference in Integrated History and Philosophy of Science, Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, October 11-14, 2007 For updates, see http://www.pitt.edu/~jdnorton
    Keywords: Induction confirmation Einstein quanta Mercury perihelion material theory
    Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
    General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Quantum Mechanics
    Conferences and Volumes: [2007] &HPS1: Integrated History and Philosophy of Science 1
    Depositing User: John Norton
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3562
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3562

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