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Philosophy of extrapolation

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Could you recommend a book/essay/anything else about the philosophical approach of scientific extrapolation?
 

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Could you recommend a book/essay/anything else about the philosophical approach of scientific extrapolation?
Both clinical research and basic science rely on the epistemic practice of extrapolation from surrogate models, to the point that explanatory accounts presented in review papers and biology textbooks are in fact composite pictures reconstituted from data gathered in a variety of distinct experimental setups.

This raises two new challenges to previously proposed mechanistic-similarity solutions to the problem of extrapolation: one pertaining to the absence of mechanistic knowledge in the early stages of research and the second to the large number of extrapolations underpinning explanatory accounts.
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http://bjps.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/03/14/bjps.axv018.abstract
 
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Could you recommend a book/essay/anything else about the philosophical approach of scientific extrapolation?
Here is an interesting book in your interest area:
Across the Boundaries
Extrapolation in Biology and ...
By Daniel Steel
Oxford Univ. Press
Reference:
https://books.google.co.in/books?hl=en&lr=&id=6X12CAAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PT13&dq=philosophical+analysis+of+scientific++extrapolation&ots=QS3I20IHLe&sig=-CIXvbKFFmdyXCzuwytdM9vlHFg#v=onepage&q=philosophical analysis of scientific extrapolation&f=false
 

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