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Single Idea 17393

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 1. Explanation / b. Aims of explanation]

Full Idea

Whenever scientists are presented with a useful pattern or system of classification, it is only a matter of time before the begin to ask whether there may be some underlying explanation for the pattern.

Gist of Idea

Scientists eventually seek underlying explanations for every pattern


Eric R. Scerri (The Periodic Table [2007], Intro 'Evol')

Book Reference

Scerri,Eric R.: 'The Periodic Table' [OUP 2007], p.-3

A Reaction

Music to my ears, against the idea that the sole aim of science is accurately describe the patterns.