Ockham's Razor - Program podcast

ABC Radio National

Science & Medicine

William of Ockham was an English monk, philosopher, theologian, who provided the scientific method with its key principle 700 years ago. 'What can be done with fewer assumptions is done in vain with more,' he said. That is, in explaining any phenomenon, we should use no more explanatory concepts than are absolutely necessary. Simplicity should never be despised. Thoughtful people have their say, without interruption, on important science-related topics.


What it feels like to be a scientist

September 12th, 2015

Episode 101 of 158 episodes

It's a lot to sign yourself up for - a lifetime of explosions, poring over data and dissections. Why would anyone do it?