How Science Really Works

It is often held that scientific hypotheses are constructed, and are to be constructed, only after a detailed weighing of all possible evidence bearing on the matter, and that then and only then may one consider, and still only tentatively, any hypotheses. This traditional view however, is largely incorrect, for not only is it absurdly impossible of application, but it is contradicted by the history of the development of any scientific theory. What happens in practice is that by intuitive insight, or other inexplicable inspiration, the theorist decides that certain features seem to him more important than others and capable of explanation by certain hypotheses. Then basing his study on these hypotheses the attempt is made to deduce their consequences. The successful pioneer of theoretical science is he whose intuitions yield hypotheses on which satisfactory theories can be built, and conversely for the unsuccessful (as judged from a purely scientific standpoint).


The scientist focuses on certain details, then hypothesizes, the hypothesis that holds up becomes theory.

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 The Internal Constitution of the Stars
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Hoyle, Sir Fred (1953), The Internal Constitution of the Stars, Occasional notes of the Royal Astronomical Society, Retrieved on 2012-06-05
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