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Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives

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The historical record of scientific inquiry, Stanford suggests, is characterized by what he calls the problem of unconceived alternatives. Past scientists have routinely failed even to conceive of alternatives to their own theories and lines of theoretical investigation, alternatives that were both well-confirmed by the evidence available at the time and sufficiently serious as to be ultimately accepted by later scientific communities. Stanford supports this claim with a detailed investigation of the mid-to-late 19th ...

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Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives 2010, Oxford University Press Inc, New York

ISBN-13: 9780199751532

Paperback

Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives 2006, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780195174083

Hardcover