Scientific Evidence: Creating and Evaluating Experimental Instruments and Research Techniques

@article{Bechtel1990ScientificEC,
  title={Scientific Evidence: Creating and Evaluating Experimental Instruments and Research Techniques},
  author={William Bechtel},
  journal={PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association},
  year={1990},
  volume={1990},
  pages={559 - 572}
}
  • W. Bechtel
  • Published 1 January 1990
  • Biology
  • PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
The production of evidence for scientific hypotheses and theories often depends upon complex instruments and techniques for employing them. An important epistemological question arises as to how the reliability of these instruments and techniques is assessed. To address that question, this paper examines the introduction of electron microscopy and cell fractionation in cell biology. One important claim is that scientists often arrive at their techniques for employing instruments like the… 

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