Cognition and Evaluation: A Dynamics of Scientific Theories and Experiments, the most comprehensive and detailed philosophical study on scientific models and experiments in the Chinese literature, attempts to construct both a dynamic model for the development and evolution of scientific theories and experiments and a theory for the history and philosophy of science.

It would be useful to summarize Cognition and Evaluation by way of six claims that the work makes. First, the development of theories and experiments shares a pattern similar to human families: by the local modification of their structures, predecessors (parents) produce successors (offspring) with family resemblances and differences. Second, the reason and motivation for this pattern are that scientists make cognitive evaluations of preceding theories and experiments, locally modify their internal structures, and then develop their own, new versions. Third, models sit between theories and experiments, whose...

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