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The Logic of Scientific Discovery

'One of the most important documents of the twentieth century.' Peter Medawar, New Scientist

‘Wonderfully exhilarating’ Naomi Bliven, New Yorker

'One of the most important philosophical works of our century.'
Richard Wolheim, The Observer

First published in English in 1959, The Logic of Scientific Discovery revolutionized contemporary thinking about science and knowledge and is one of the most widely read books about science written in the twentieth century. Described by the late philosopher A.J. Ayer as a work 'of great originality and power', it present succinctly Popper's view of science and his solutions to two fundamental problems of the theory of knowledge: the demarcation of science from non-science, and the role of induction in the growth of scientific knowledge.

Popper recognised that scientific theories are the result of a creative imagination and that the growth of scientific knowledge rests on the doctrine of falsifiability: that only those theories that are testable and falsifiable by observation and experiment are properly open to scientific evaluation. These stirring ideas had a hugely significant influence on the philosophical and scientific communities and are central to the development of the philosophy of science. Translated into many languages, The Logic of Scientific Discovery ranks alongside The Open Society and Its Enemies as Popper's most important book and a major contribution to modern thought.

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The Logic of Scientific Discovery

'One cannot help feeling that, if it had been translated as soon as it had been originally published, philosophy in this country might have been saved some detours. Professor Popper's thesis has that quality of greatness that, once seen, it appears simple and almost obvious.'
The Times Literary Supplement