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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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Approximate and Limited Description of Natural Phenomena

Approximate and Limited Description of Natural Phenomena

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(p.42) 7 Approximate and Limited Description of Natural Phenomena
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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/9780198825623.003.0007

This chapter discusses what it means to “understand” a phenomenon in Science. It anticipates that the only knowledge of phenomena accessible to scientists is the approximate description of material reality, limited to a finite set of phenomena that share some characteristics.

Keywords:   knowledge, description, theory, logical synthesis, phenomena

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