Science vs. Common Sense

Pierre Duhem

Pierre Duhem

“It is the care in minute exactness and precise analysis that distinguishes physical science from common sense.  It is this carefulness that gives to its laws a provisional and approximate character.  Everything we have just said about this character is, in some way, a commentary on this aphorism of Pascal: “Justice and truth are two points so fine that our instruments are too blunt to touch them exactly.  If they do make contact, they blunt the point and press all round the false rather than the true.”” ― Pierre Duhem, Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science, translated and edited, with introduction, by Roger Ariew and Peter Barker, Copyright © 1996 by Hackett Publishing, Inc., Page 109.

About Michael

Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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