Prematurity in Scientific Discovery by Ernest B. Hook
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Prematurity in Scientific Discovery
By Ernest B. Hook

Prematurity in Scientific Discovery

On Resistance and Neglect

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Prematurity in Scientific Discovery by Ernest B. Hook

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For centuries, observers have noted the many obstacles to intellectual change in science. In a much-discussed paper published in "Scientific American" in 1972, molecular biologist Gunther Stent proposed an explicit criterion for one kind of obstacle to scientific discovery. He denoted a claim or hypothesis as "premature" if its implications cannot be connected to canonical knowledge by a simple series of logical steps. Further, Stent suggested that it was appropriate for the scientific community to ignore such hypotheses so that it would not be overwhelmed by vast numbers of false leads. In this volume, eminent scientists, physicians, historians, social scientists, and philosophers respond to Stent's thesis.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520231061
ISBN-10: 0520231066
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 398
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 20-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ernest B. Hook

Ernest B. Hook is Professor at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.

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