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Single Idea 17403

[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 3. Best Explanation / a. Best explanation]

Full Idea

Rather than proving the value of prediction, the development and acceptance of the periodic table may give us a powerful illustration of the importance of accommodation, that is, the ability of a new scientific theory to explain already known facts.

Gist of Idea

The periodic table suggests accommodation to facts rates above prediction


Eric R. Scerri (The Periodic Table [2007], 05 'Intro')

Book Reference

Scerri,Eric R.: 'The Periodic Table' [OUP 2007], p.124

A Reaction

The original table made famous predictions, but also just as many wrong ones (Scerri:143), and Scerri thinks this aspect has been overrated.

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