Scientific understanding

Foundations of Science 12 (2):173-188 (2007)
Knowledge of many facts does not amount to understanding unless one also has a sense of how the facts fit together. This aspect of coherence among scientific observations and theories is usually overlooked in summaries of scientific method, since the emphasis is on justification and verification rather than on understanding. I argue that the inter-theoretic coherence, as the hallmark of understanding, is an essential and informative component of any accurate description of science.
Keywords coherence  scientific method  scientific understanding
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DOI 10.1007/s10699-006-0002-3
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