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Whewell's tidal researches: scientific practice and philosophical methodology
Ducheyne, S. (2010). Whewell's tidal researches: scientific practice and philosophical methodology. Stud. Hist. Philos. Sci. A 41(1): 26-40.
In: Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part A. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0039-3681; e-ISSN 1879-2510, more
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    William Whewell; Tidology; History of HPS; Scientific methodology;Whewell papers

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  • Ducheyne, S.

    Primarily between 1833 and 1840, William Whewell attempted to accomplish what natural philosophers and scientists since at least Galileo had failed to do: to provide a systematic and broad-ranged study of the tides and to attempt to establish a general scientific theory of tidal phenomena. I document the close interaction between Whewell's philosophy of science (especially his methodological views) and his scientific practice as a tidologist. I claim that the intertwinement between Whewell's methodology and his tidology is more fundamental than has hitherto been documented.

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