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Albert Einstein
Induction and Deduction
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The simplest picture one can form about the creation of an empirical
science is along the lines of an inductive method. Individual facts are
selected and grouped together so that the laws that connect them
become apparent... However, the big advances in scientific knowledge
originated in this way only to a small degree... The truly great advances
in our understanding of nature originated in a way almost diametrically
opposed to induction. The intuitive grasp of the essentials of a large
complex of facts leads the scientist to the postulation of a hypothetical
basic law or laws. From these laws, he derives his conclusions.


(from a 1919 essay called "Induction and Deduction in Physics" --
as quoted in "Einstein," Walter Isaacson)
 

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