Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Karl Popper

Philosopher Karl Popper, born in Vienna (1902). His dad was a lawyer who loved the classics and philosophy, and his mom taught him to love music, and Popper said that his childhood was "decidedly bookish." He went to school at the University of Vienna, and while he was there, Albert Einstein came to give a lecture, and Karl Popper was awed by the scientist. He started thinking about the way Einstein's theories worked, and realized that what made them legitimate scientific theories was that they were concrete enough that it would have been possible to prove that they were false, whereas many social scientists and political theorists (like Marx and Freud) presented theories that were impossible to actually prove were not true. So he wrote The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934) and argued that the closest a scientist can get to proving that his or her theory is true is by failing to find evidence that it is false.

He said, "It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood."

Books of Karl Popper - amazon link

The Logic of Scientific Discovery (Routledge Classics)
Popper Selections by Sir Karl Raimund Popper and David W. Miller
The Logic of Scientific Discovery
The Open Society and Its Enemies (Routledge Classics) (Vol 1 & 2)
The Poverty of Historicism (Routledge Classics)
World of Parmenides

source:writers almanac

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