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History of science and the material theory of induction: Einstein's quanta, mercury's perihelion

Norton, JD (2011) History of science and the material theory of induction: Einstein's quanta, mercury's perihelion. European Journal for Philosophy of Science, 1 (1). 3 - 27. ISSN 1879-4912

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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. © 2010 Springer Science + Business Media B.V.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Norton, JDjdnorton@pitt.eduJDNORTON
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: 1 January 2011
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal for Philosophy of Science
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Page Range: 3 - 27
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s13194-010-0001-7
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1879-4912
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 14:18
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 15:56


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