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Medawar Prize Lecture: The Truth About Science

On scientific theories, data and truth.

Evidence for a scientific theory is never conclusive. This raises three sorts of question. First, what then is the relationship between theory and data? Second, is science in the truth business, or should we understand its aims in some other way? Third, is the case for saying that science is revealing the truth about a largely unobservable reality made out by the striking predictive successes of some of our best theories? Or is it undermined by a long history of theories that succeeded for a time but which are now known to be fundamentally mistaken?


Professor Peter Lipton | talks | www


Date and Time:

15 June 2004 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
+44 20 74 51 2500

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Peter Lipton is the Hans Rausing Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University and a Fellow of King's College. He is a philosopher interested in how science works and what it achieves. A new edition of his book "Inference to the Best Explanation" is out in 2004.

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