From Evidence to Understanding: A Precarious Path

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Title: From Evidence to Understanding: A Precarious Path
Author(s): Hand, DJ
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Falsifiability is the cornerstone of science. However, Rutherford notwithstanding, almost by definition science functions at the limits of measurement accuracy and theoretical grasp, so that statistical analysis is central to scientific advance. This applies as much to physics as it does to psychology, as much to geology as to biology. I look at some of the potholes in the path of scientific discovery, showing how easy it is to stumble, and at some of the consequences for the scientific endeavour.
Publication Date: 1-Jul-2013
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jul-2013
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/41811
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1062798713000112
ISSN: 1234-981X
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Start Page: S32
End Page: S39
Journal / Book Title: European Review
Volume: 21
Issue: Suppl 1
Copyright Statement: The online version of this article is published within an Open Access environment subject to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/>.
Keywords: Social Sciences
Area Studies
General Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
MD Multidisciplinary
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Mathematics
Statistics
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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