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The Logic of Scientific Discovery

The Logic of Scientific Discovery
The original German edition
Author Karl Popper
Original title Logik der Forschung
Cover artist Dibakar Das
Language German
Subject Philosophy of science
Publisher Mohr Siebeck
Publication date
Published in English
ISBN ISBN 3-16-148410-X
OCLC 62448100

The Logic of Scientific Discovery (German: Logik der Forschung,[1] which, however, literally means "The Logic of Research"[2]) is a 1934 book by Karl Popper. Popper rewrote his book in English and republished it in 1959. The work has become famous.[3]


  • Summary 1
  • Print status 2
  • Notes 3
  • External links 4


Popper argues that science should adopt a methodology based on falsifiability, because no number of experiments can ever prove a theory, but a single experiment can contradict one. Popper held that empirical theories are characterized by falsifiability.

Print status

The German version is currently in print by Mohr Siebeck (ISBN 3-16-148410-X), the English one by Routledge publishers (ISBN 0-415-27844-9).


  1. ^ Full title: Logik der Forschung. Zur Erkenntnistheorie der modernen Naturwissenschaft.
  2. ^ See recurrences on Google Books.
  3. ^ Cornforth, Maurice (1968). The Open Philosophy and the Open Society: A Reply to Dr. Karl Popper's Refutations of Marxism. New York: International Publishers. 

External links

  • English version publisher's web site
  • German version publisher's web site
  • Limited preview of the book with a table of contents, Google Books

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