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1994

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Science And Art: Heuristic And Aesthetic Dimensions Of Scientific Discovery, Max W. Wartofsky Jan 1994

Science And Art: Heuristic And Aesthetic Dimensions Of Scientific Discovery, Max W. Wartofsky

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A familiar thesis in the philosophy of science is that considerations of form play a heuristic role in scientific discovery, and that these formal considerations may be characterized as aesthetic. The purpose of this paper is to understand what this claim comes to, and to explore the question of why aesthetic form does indeed play such a powerful heuristic role in scientific thought.