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    Molly Kao, Unification and the Quantum Hypothesis in 1900--1913.
    In this paper, I consider some of the first appearances of a hypothesis of quantized energy between the years 1900 and 1913 and provide an analysis of the nature of the unificatory power of this hypothesis in a Bayesian framework. I argue that the best way to understand the unification here is in terms of informational relevance: on the assumption of the quantum hypothesis, phenomena that were previously thought to be unrelated turned out to yield information about one another based (...)
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    Molly Kao (2015). A New Role for Data in the Philosophy of Science. Philosophia Scientiæ 19:9-20.
    There exists a problem of the circularity in measurement: construction of theories requires reliable data, but obtaining reliable data requires reliable measurement devices whose construction requires a theory. I argue that adapting Anil Gupta's empiricist epistemology to a scientific context yields a possible solution. One can consider the role of data not as providing a foundation for a theory, but as acting functionally, licensing revisions of a previous theory. Data provide scientists with entitlement to their claims conditional on their background (...)
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    Molly Kao, Nicolas Fillion & John Bell (2010). J Ean -P Ierre M Arquis . From a Geometrical Point of View: A Study of the History and Philosophy of Category Theory. Philosophia Mathematica 18 (2):227-234.
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  4. Molly Kao (forthcoming). Unificatory Power in the Old Quantum Theory: Informational Relevance of the Quantum Hypothesis. Philosophy of Science.