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Meno-like Discoveries in Mathematics and Science
Journal Title: PARADIGMI 
Author/s: Donald Gillies 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  16 Pg. 29-44 FullText PDF:  753 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PARA2011-003003
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This paper begins by analysing Plato’s treatment of the problem of discovery in the Meno. The discussion is then related to some 20th century discoveries in science and mathematics. This leads to characterising a particular type of discovery as a Meno-like discovery. However it is argued that Pasteur’s principle that «fortune favours the prepared mind» gives a better explanation of such discoveries than Plato’s original theory.
Keywords: Discovery, Fleming, Meno, Pasteur, Plato, Poincaré

Donald Gillies, in "PARADIGMI" 3/2011, pp. 29-44, DOI:10.3280/PARA2011-003003

   

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