Abstract

Testing the claims that scientists make is extremely difficult. Testing the claims that philosophers of science make about science is even more difficult, difficult but not impossible. I discuss three efforts at testing the sorts of claims that philosophers of science make about science: the influence of scientists' age on the alacrity with which they accept new views, the effect of birth order on the sorts of contributions that scientists make, and the role of novel predictions in the acceptance of new scientific views. Without attempting to test philosophical claims, it is difficult to know what they mean.

Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9274
Print ISSN
1063-6145
Pages
pp. 209-231
Launched on MUSE
1998-10-01
Open Access
No
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