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Author Pirner, Hans Jürgen,
Title Bestimmte und das Unbestimmte. English
The unknown as an engine for science : an essay on the definite and the indefinite / Hans J. Pirner.
Imprint Cham : Springer, [2015]

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Author Pirner, Hans Jürgen,
Series Frontiers collection
Frontiers collection.
Subject Science -- Miscellanea.
Physics -- Miscellanea.
Alt Name Brewer, William D.,
Translation of (work) Pirner, Hans Jürgen. Bestimmte und das Unbestimmte.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 146 pages).
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Contents Introduction -- Evidence for the Indefinite -- Approaching the Definite -- Establishing the Definite from the Indefinite.- The Unknown as an Engine of Science: Summary.
Summary This book explores the limits of our knowledge. The author shows how uncertainty and indefiniteness not only define the borders confining our understanding, but how they feed into the process of discovery and help to push back these borders. Starting with physics the author collects examples from economics, neurophysiology, history, ecology and philosophy. The first part shows how information helps to reduce indefiniteness. Understanding rests on our ability to find the right context, in which we localize a problem as a point in a network of connections. New elements must be combined with the old parts of the existing complex knowledge system, in order to profit maximally from the information. An attempt is made to quantify the value of information by its ability to reduce indefiniteness. The second part explains how to handle indefiniteness with methods from fuzzy logic, decision theory, hermeneutics and semiotics. It is not sufficient that the new element appears in an experiment, one also has to find a theoretical reason for its existence. Indefiniteness becomes an engine of science, which gives rise to new ideas.
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ISBN 9783319185095 (electronic bk.)
3319185098 (electronic bk.)
331918508X (print)
9783319185088 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-18509-5
OCLC # 910513141
Additional Format Printed edition: 9783319185088

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