How the Laws of Physics Lie.

@article{Kyburg1990HowTL,
  title={How the Laws of Physics Lie.},
  author={Henry E. Kyburg and Nancy Cartwright},
  journal={No{\^u}s},
  year={1990},
  volume={24},
  pages={174}
}
Nancy Cartwright argues for a novel conception of the role of fundamental scientific laws in modern natural science. If we attend closely to the manner in which theoretical laws figure in the practice of science, we see that despite their great explanatory power these laws do not describe reality. Instead, fundamental laws describe highly idealized objects in models. Thus, the correct account of explanation in science is not the traditional covering law view, but the ‘simulacrum’ account. On… Expand
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