The Logic of Scientific Discovery

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The Logic of Scientific Discovery
The Logic of Scientific Discovery (German edition).jpg
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]


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[edit]

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. 

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