Scientific discovery: Between incommensurability of paradigms and historical continuity [Book Review]

Foundations of Science 4 (3):337-355 (1999)
Discoveries in physics imply two elements. The firstone is the belief that formal tools, already foundedin the framework of existing mathematical theories,may offer the solution to a puzzling anomaly. Thesecond one is the ability to assign a physical meaningto the adopted formalism, and to consider all itstheoretical implications.Discussing an historical case where the adoption of aparticular formalism represents the real motor of thecreative intuition, we mean to delineate scientificdiscovery both as a discontinuous change with respectto previous achievements and as a linear process ofknowledge enrichment.
Keywords Feynman  Richard  hermeneutics  methodology of discovery  quantum electrodynamics  scientific change
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