## The Aim and Structure of Physical TheoryThis classic work in the philosophy of physical science is an incisive and readable account of the scientific method. Pierre Duhem was one of the great figures in French science, a devoted teacher, and a distinguished scholar of the history and philosophy of science. This book represents his most mature thought on a wide range of topics. |

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### Contents

VI | 7 |

VII | 9 |

VIII | 10 |

IX | 14 |

X | 16 |

XI | 19 |

XII | 21 |

XIII | 23 |

XLV | 153 |

XLVI | 158 |

XLVII | 163 |

XLVIII | 165 |

XLIX | 168 |

L | 172 |

LI | 174 |

LII | 178 |

XIV | 24 |

XV | 27 |

XVI | 31 |

XVII | 39 |

XVIII | 55 |

XIX | 57 |

XX | 60 |

XXI | 63 |

XXII | 69 |

XXIII | 76 |

XXIV | 80 |

XXV | 86 |

XXVI | 93 |

XXVII | 99 |

XXVIII | 105 |

XXIX | 107 |

XXXI | 108 |

XXXII | 110 |

XXXIII | 112 |

XXXIV | 115 |

XXXV | 121 |

XXXVI | 124 |

XXXVII | 128 |

XXXVIII | 132 |

XXXIX | 135 |

XL | 138 |

XLI | 141 |

XLII | 144 |

XLIV | 147 |

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Page xix - A physical theory is not an explanation. It is a system of mathematical propositions, deduced from a small number of principles, which aim to represent as simply, as completely, and as exactly as possible a set of experimental laws.