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Massimiliano Di Ventra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198825623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198825623.001.0001

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Competing Theories

Competing Theories

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(p.62) 10 Competing Theories
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The Scientific Method
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Massimiliano Di Ventra

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825623.003.0010

This chapter discusses how to distinguish between two (or more) theories based on different hypotheses and leading to either the same predictions or different ones. It also introduces some of the social pressures experienced by scientists in their work and reinforces the notion that Science is not a democratic enterprise: Nature rules.

Keywords:   theory, hypotheses, predictions, democracy, Nature, social pressures

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