1937: Année de l'hypothèse des grands nombres

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Dirac put forward his Large Numbers hypothesis (LNh) in 1937. Based on his study of physical constants, he built a cosmological model by following a deductive approach. In adhering to this method, he thus joined a trend that had been set in motion by Eddington. This new method countered that of Dingle, who had opted in favour of the opposing camp, namely induction. Numerous publications on this subject sparked a cosmological and epistemological debate within the journal Nature. By analysing various contributions in chronological order, the present article offers a commentary on this noteworthy year. The hesitant cosmological beginnings of the LNh are thereby brought to light, as is the major epistemological controversy that ensued.
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)69-91
JournalRevue des Questions Scientifiques
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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