Without Occam’s razor, we may not have Boyle’s law, which made jaws drop in an iconic demonstration with a compass, magnet, and feather.
By Caroline Delbert, Feb 24, 2022
Occam’s razor is a figure of speech and fundamental idea that helps us remember the value of simplicity.
It specifically states that “when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”
It’s used a lot in the humanities realm as a thought exercise, but its roots—and most important applications—are in science.
The concept comes from a real person, William of Ockham, an Englishman who studied and worked in the early 14th century, a time we’ve only recently begun to emphasize was not, so to speak, the “Dark Ages.”