ENCYCLOPEDIA: Meeting of the Mindsets

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Science  04 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5629, pp. 23
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5629.23c

Philosophers and scientists have long inspired one another, swapped ideas, and sometimes clashed. Explore the results of this interchange at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy edited by Edward Zalta. Topics include a host of thinkers, ideas, and works that made an impact on science, along with scientific discoveries and approaches that shaped philosophy. Experts from around the world write the entries and keep them up to date.

You can read up on the work of Karl Popper, the influential Vienna-born philosopher who in the mid-1900s insisted that instead of being provable, scientific hypotheses must be falsifiable—disprovable by experiments or observations. Or delve into the mind-bending implications of the “many worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics, which posits the existence of multiple parallel worlds in which all possible quantum outcomes play out. The encyclopedia has grown from two articles in 1995 to hundreds and is still expanding; future entries will tackle topics such as sociobiology, artificial intelligence, and Aristotle's work on physics.


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