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Occam's razor

Occam's razor   Reference library

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2 ed.)

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2008
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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a variant spelling of Ockham's razor.

Ockham's razor

Ockham's razor   Reference library

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2 ed.)

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2008
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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42 words

a maxim stating that when explaining something there should be a minimal number of assumptions. Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter

Ockham's razor, or the principle of parsimony

Ockham's razor, or the principle of parsimony   Reference library

Marilyn McCord Adams

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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Philosophy
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A methodological principle dictating a bias towards simplicity in theory construction, where the parameters of simplicity vary from kinds of entity to the number of presupposed axioms to ... More
Occam's razor

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
the principle (attributed to the English philosopher and Franciscan friar William ofOccam, c. 1285–1349) that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary. ... More

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