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Scientific Method: Ptolemy vs. Galileo

David Harriman

Presented at: OCON 2004

Date: Jul 10, 2004

Within academia there is a great deal of talk about the history of science, but there is no acknowledgement of the contradictions between that history and prevailing theories of knowledge. The record of successes and failures in physics is a gold mine for epistemologists, yet the nuggets lay in the open - unseen.

This lecture identifies some of the nuggets by contrasting the deductive method of Ptolemy with the inductive method of Galileo. Mr. Harriman argues that Galileo pioneered the proper inductive method in physics.

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