Inside 214-1E

Existential Pontification and Generalized Abstract Digressions

Ad hoc approximations

In his book Against Method, Paul Feyerabend writes the following provocative passage about ‘ad hoc approximations’, familiar to anyone whose taken a physics course and thought, “Now where did they get that approximation from...” The perihelion of Mercury moves along at a rate of about 5600" per century. Of this value, 5026" are geometric, having […]

  • February 23, 2011