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The Logic of Scientific Discovery by Karl R. Popper
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Jan 26, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 20 to 26, 2012

This is a difficult book. Popper assumes a lot of knowledge in the reader regarding probability theory, quantum mechanics, and logic. It's not a work for the layman. As such, the entire chapter on probability (the lengthiest chapter, if I recall) was beyond my grasp. As was the chapter on quantum theory. Many of the appendices were highly technical in nature and were, too, incomprehensible to me. Regardless, Popper's demarcation criterion of falsifiability separating empirical science from metaphysics is monumentally important and deserves a special place in the philosophy of science. I'm not sure if I'm convinced, however, of his complete rejection of induction, but his arguments are compelling (if, at times, difficult to follow.) All in all, this is definitely worth reading for anyone interested in the subject matter. It might be advisable to skim over the heavy-duty math portions, though.
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