Functions of Analogies and Models in Science

... one of the main functions of an analogy or model is to suggest extensions of the theory by considering extensions of the analogy, since more is known about the analogy than is known about the subject matter of the theory itself … A collection of observable concepts in a purely formal hypothesis suggesting no analogy with anything would consequently not suggest either any directions for its own development.


To inspire ways to extend the analogy.

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 Operational Definition and Analogy in Physical Theories
Periodicals>Journal Article:  Hesse, Mary B. ((Feb 1952), Operational Definition and Analogy in Physical Theories, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , Retrieved on 2012-06-04