Pasteur and nature of science

From: Ted Davis (
Date: Mon Dec 31 2001 - 19:55:03 EST

I tell my students that scientific knowledge is determined not by
observations and experiments, but by the outcome of debates about how to
interpret observations and experiments, and that such debates can be
influenced by a variety of factors (incl. politics, religion, personality,
various background beliefs, aesthetic commitments, etc).

Ted Davis

Edward B. Davis
Professor of the History of Science
Messiah College
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