Graduate studies at Western
Journal for General Philosophy of Science 26 (1):11 - 24 (1995)
|Abstract||Deterministic Chaos: Some Interesting Points of View from the Philosophy of Science. A comparatively simple example is used to present some of the main features of deterministic chaos. From the point of view of the philosophy of science, three questions are dealt with: if the equations of motion of chaotic systems are falsifiable in a strict sense; whether experiments on chaotic systems are reproducible; to what extent the development of chaotic systems is predictable. It emerges that in these respects chaotic systems, though being deterministic, behave essentially in the same way as stochastic (indeterministic) systems do|
|Keywords||deterministic chaos dynamical system falsifiability predictability provisos reproducibility of experiments sensitive dependence on initial conditions structural identity of explanation and prediction|
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