A Universal Method of Scientific Inquiry

Daniel N. Osherson, Michael Stob, Scott Weinstein

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A paradigm of scientific discovery is defined within a first-order logical framework. Within this paradigm, the concept of “successful scientific inquiry” is formalized and investigated. Among other results, it is shown that a simple method of scientific inquiry is universal in the sense that it leads to success on every problem for which success is in principle possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-271
Number of pages11
JournalMachine Learning
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Computational learning theory
  • first-order logic
  • machine inductive inference
  • scientific methodology

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