“Nicht der Besitz von Wissen, von unumstößlichen Wahrheiten macht den Wissenschaftler, sondern das rücksichtslose, unablässige Suchen nach Wahrheit.”
[The possession of knowledge, of incontrovertible truths, does not a scientist make, but the ruthless, unrelenting search for truth.]
– Karl Popper, Logik der Forschung, p. 209
FIRST EDITION OF POPPER’S LANDMARK IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE.
A seminal work in the philosophy of science, Karl Popper’s 1935 Logik der Forschung [Logic for Scientific Discovery] proposes the idea that scientific theories can never be verified, only falsified. Popper, in this his first monograph, critiques the inductivist view of scientific method in favour of his empirical falsification, and argues that scientific discovery is not a matter of induction or confirmation but rather a matter of conjecture and refutation.
POPPER, KARL. Logik der Forschung zur Erkenntnistheorie der Modernen Naturwissenschaft. Vienna: Julius Springer, 1935. First edition, issued as volume 9 of Schriften zur Wissenschaftlich Weltauffassung. Octavo (5.5 x 8.5 in; 140 x 216 mm), vi, 248, [2, publisher advertisements] pp. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers slightly rubbed with some mild wear around edges, separation between some of the quires, but holding; a few light pencil marks. An excellent and very well-preserved copy of the rare first edition.
Price: $5,500 .