Methodology in Physical Science

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Scientific Paper
Title Methodology in Physical Science
Author(s) Stewart Ian Wells
Keywords analytical method, synthetic method, Socratic method
Published 2006
Journal Proceedings of the NPA
Volume 3
Number 2
Pages 298-300


A critique of the methodolgy of physics compares the modern "analytical" method with the older ?synthetic? method, with reference to the distinction between the respective schools of geometry. The synthetic approach is recommended as an alternative for the future of physics, and parallels are drawn to the Socratic method and to detective science. The discussion includes some historical literary references, and is supplemented with two exhibits.