Detecting extrasolar planets

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Abstract

The detection of extrasolar planets presents a good case in which to clarify the distinction between observation and inference from evidence. By asking whether these planets have been observed or inferred from evidence, and by using the scientific details to answer the question, we will get a clearer understanding of the epistemic difference between these two forms of information. The issue of scientific realism pivots on this distinction, and the results of this case will help to articulate the epistemically important factors in assessing theoretical claims.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-236
Number of pages13
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • Observation
  • Planetary systems
  • Scientific method
  • Scientific realism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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