Category archives for philosophy of science

Is Popper’s Falsifiability Test Reasonable?

Popper states in Knowledge Without Authority (1960): The empirist’s questions “How do I know? What is the source of your assertion?” are wrongly put. They are questions which beg for an authoritarian answer. I propose to replace, therefore, the question of the sources of our knowledge by the entirely different question: “How can we hope […]

Science, Quasi-Science and Pseudo-Science

Continuing from the preceding post we are led to classify science as follows: Science: Basic assumptions directly falsifiable. Quasi-Science: Basic assumptions not directly falsifiable, but certain consequences of the basic assumptions falsifiable. Pseudo-Science: Basic assumptions not directly falsifiable, nor any consequence of the basic assumptions. Examples: Solid Mechanics based on Navier’s equations expressing equilibrium of […]

Basic Assumptions of Modern Physics Not Falsifiable

According to Popper, a theory is scientific if and only if it is falsifiable in the sense that there is some prediction of the theory, which can be tested or compared with reality and thus be falsified if it comes out negative. According to Popper a scientific theory can never be verified, only be made […]

The Power of Logical Fallacy

  The arguments used to motivate the Kutta-Zhukovsky circulation theory of lift of a wing (KZ-theory) represent at least two of Aristotle’s logical fallacies: Affirming the Consequent  Argument from Ignorance. These fallacies are so common in science of today that they have come to be viewed not as weak unconvincing non-logic, but rather as strong convincing […]

My Book of Knols

My collection of Google Knols named My Book of Knolshas now been moved to this site as a collection of articles under the following headlines: philosophy of science mathematics mathematics/science education Newtonian mechanics fluid mechanics thermodynamics quantum mechanics theory of relativity global climate economy applications software I plan to update the articles on their new home.