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Theoriegeleitete Bestimmung von Objektmengen und Beobachtungsintervallen am Beispiel des Halleyschen Kometen (2012)


The starting point of the following considerations is a case study concerning the discovery of Halley's comet and the theoretical description of its path. It is shown that the set of objects involved in that system and the time interval during which their paths are observed are determined in a theory dependent way -- thereby making use of the very theory later used for that system's theoretical description. Metatheoretical consequences this fact has with respect to the structuralist view of empirical theories are discussed in detail.

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Authors & Contributors
Hughes, D. W.
Hughes, David W.
Wallis, Ruth
Beech, Martin
Gingerich, Owen
Cimino, Massimo
Journal for the History of Astronomy
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal of the British Interplanetary Society
Annals of Science: The History of Science and Technology
Astronomical Quarterly
Sky and Telescope
Comets; meteors; meteorites
Stars; stellar astronomy
Science and art
Celestial mechanics
Halley, Edmond
Newton, Isaac
Lalande, Joseph Jérôme le Français de
Lambert, Johann Heinrich
Bondone, Giotto di
Gregory, David
Time Periods
18th century
17th century
16th century
14th century
Great Britain
Royal Society of London

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