Karl Popper 1902 - 1994

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In History
  • Popper publishes The Logic of Scientific Discovery

    Popper publishes The Logic of Scientific Discovery
    After receiving his doctorate degree from the University of Vienna in 1928, Karl Popper went on to teach in mathematics and physics for a few years. Then, in 1934, he published his first work, titled The Logic of Scientific Discovery in German. Later, publishes his work in an English translation. In this book, he talks about the idea of falsifiability, which simply means that any hypothesis, idea, or theory has the capacity to be proven wrong through testing (Popper 18).
  • The Open Society and Its Enemies

    The Open Society and Its Enemies
    Popper moved to New Zealand in 1937 to take a job lecturing philosophy at the Canterbury University College of the University of New Zealand. This is where he would publish another book, titled The Open Society and Its Enemies, in 1945. In this book, Popper discusses liberal democracy and attacks the ideas of totalitarianism, which is a form of government that places a high degree of power and authority over the people, which he believed to be dysfunctional (Popper 12).
  • Professor of Logic and Scientific Method in London

    Professor of Logic and Scientific Method in London
    One year after writing his second work, Popper made the move to London to accept work at London School of Economics. Three years later, in 1949, Popper was appointed professor of logic and scientific method at the University of London. This is where Popper dove deeper into his beliefs of falsification, the second stage of his scientific method model. He believed that falsification occurs when the testing of a hypothesis refutes the predictions made of that hypothesis (Tzortzis).
  • Death and Legacy

    Death and Legacy
    Karl Popper passed away at the age of 92. Popper had a lifetime of contribution to the philosophy of science, and influenced many people with his ideas and teachings. One person who met him once described that he poured information quicker than he could ask him any questions (Horgan). Karl Popper will go down as one of the greatest philosophers of science during the twentieth century. Here is a clip from an interview he gave in 1988. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXVCaV8T5wE]