To understand how science works, read Karl Popper’s philosophical classic, first published in German in 1935 and then in English in 1959. Though it’s challenging, you’ll understand why it was seminal to the philosophy of science in the 20th century. Popper’s argument about the central role of “falsifiability” – that scientists test theories by attempting to falsify them – is essential. Popper’s writing is quite lucid. However, in addressing the nature of knowledge, he assumes the reader is familiar with epistemological reasoning and a range of theorists. getAbstract recommends Popper’s groundbreaking, influential treatise to scientists, academics and anyone interested in the ground rules of philosophy, science or knowledge.
In this summary, you will learn
- How scientific discovery works,
- Why testing ideas is important and
- Why “falsifiability” is a crucial concept when evaluating scientific theories.
About the Author
Austrian-British philosopher and professor Sir Karl Raimund Popper (1902–1994) was one of the 20th century’s most influential philosophers of science.