Scientific Discoveries and the End of Natural Philosophy

@article{Schaffer1986ScientificDA,
  title={Scientific Discoveries and the End of Natural Philosophy},
  author={S. Schaffer},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={1986},
  volume={16},
  pages={387 - 420}
}
  • S. Schaffer
  • Published 1986
  • Sociology
  • Social Studies of Science
Recent sociological studies of scientific discovery have challenged the assumption that such discoveries are easily identifiable processes which take place in the mind of heroic discoverers. In this paper, four examples of discovery stories are chosen from the critical period of transition from natural philosophy to the nineteenth-century scientific disciplines. In each case it is impossible to find any criterion for discovery apart from the local practices of contemporary research communities… Expand
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